Tuckers Solicitors' paralegal Ruth Barber has won this year's Young Barrister Case Writing Competition. Organised by the Citizenship Foundation and Bar Council, the competition is for barristers under 30 years old. Entrants are required to write a simple criminal case for use in the Bar
National Mock Trial Competition, which is open to 15 to 18-year-olds. Called to the Bar in 1996, Barber's case was about a dyslexic pupil who was accused of damaging a teacher's car. Now in its seventh year, the Bar National Mock Trials Competition involves young people from throughout the UK taking part in mock trials in Crown Courts using specially-written criminal cases.