Gide is very pleased to have collaborated with The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn ("Gray's Inn") on the inaugural French-English Law Essay Prize.
We introduced the prize back in September 2021 and annouced the title in April 2022. Candidates were asked to consider the folllowing question:
'Is English law or French law better adapted to dealing with the effects of extraordinary supervening circumstances on performance of the contract? Candidates are invited either to consider this question generally, or instead to focus on particular aspects or issues to which it gives rise.'
We are now delighted to be able to announce the two people deemed to have answered this question most successfully i.e. the winner and runner-up.
Our winner is Matthew Pugh of City University, London. Huge congratulations to Matthew on this great achievement. He will receive a prize of £1,500 plus a two-week paid internship with Gide's London office. Congratulations also to our runner-up, Alexander Yean of the University of Oxford. Alexander will receive a prize of £1,000.
Well done and thank you to everyone who submitted an essay for the prize this year, the judges were very impressed by the standard of the entries. We wish you all the best for your future studies and careers. Please do look out for future essay prizes and try again if you are still eligible. You may also be interested to learn more about Gide London's training programme, or more generally a career at Gide. Further information on this can be found in the Careers section of our website Gide.com
Last but not least, thank you also to our esteemed judging panel who gave up their time to dedicate to the judging process. They are: judging panel President, Lady Justice Nicola Davies with fellow judges Margaret Boswell, Partner in Gide's London office; Michael Butcher co-founder and Past President of the Franco-British Lawyers Society; Philippe Dupichot, Professor of law at the Sorbonne and Head of Gide's Scientific Council; Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, a judge at the Conseil d'Etat in Paris; Nadège Nguyen, partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate practice group of Gide's Paris office; and Simon Whittaker, Professor of European Comparative Law and a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.
On the announcement of the prize winner, Margaret Boswell commented: 'All the judges were struck by the standard of the entries; they displayed an impressive depth of knowledge and analysis. Fortunately there was unanimity on the two stand-out entries, whose authors should be very proud of their work. We all wish them every success in their legal careers, following this great start.'
The success of the winner and runner-up will be celebrated at a prize-giving dinner at Gray's Inn later this month.