24 September 2021
Collaboration | Gray's Inn
Gide is delighted to announce that it is collaborating with The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn ("Gray's Inn) to launch a French-English Law Essay Prize.
The topic for the prize will focus on a comparison of law relevant to commercial transactions in the French and English legal systems.
The judging panel will be chaired by Lady Justice Nicola Davies who will be joined by Simon Whittaker, Professor of European Comparative Law and a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford; 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 Gide's Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate practice group; and Michael Butcher co-founder and Past President of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.
The Essay topic title will be revealed in line with the Easter break of 2022 with submissions required by the end of August 2022. The winner and runner-up will be announced in late September 2022. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £1,500 plus a two-week paid internship with Gide's London office; the runner-up will receive a prize of £1,000.
Philippe Dupichot, said: "Two different systems but united by their mutual status as two of the world's richest legal cultures, a comparison of French and English law never ceases to be fascinating. Gide is very excited to explore and celebrate this with the introduction of the French-English Law Essay Prize."
Nadège Nguyen commented: "I am honoured to join this prestigious judging panel and I look forward to reviewing the essays comparing two major legal systems which are crucial in the daily life of practitioners increasingly involved in complex international transactions."
Rupert Reece, Managing Partner of Gide's London office, added: "Gide is honoured to be supporting this event in association with Gray's Inn. The launch of this prize is indicative of the Inn's desire to encourage exchanges with other legal systems and the education of future generations of lawyers, two things which Gide wholeheartedly supports."
The prize will be open to individuals in full time legal education for less than six years at the time of submission of the essay.
To register to participate in the prize or to receive further information once it is available, please email EssayPrize@gide.com
We look forward to announcing further information on the prize in due course.