David Clegg, an advocate in the private client department at Simcocks, has been awarded the 2013 George Johnson Law Prize.
The award, established in 1943 in memory of George Sayle Johnson, former President of the Isle of Man Law Society, with the object of encouraging the study of law.
Mr Clegg, 25, won the award for his essay, “How should the courts balance the principle of open justice with privacy and confidentiality concerns?”
Presenting the award His Honour Deemster Doyle said Mr Clegg’s submission was ‘truly a first-class essay’ and ‘a joy to read’, and chose to quote the conclusion that stated: ‘A greater degree of openness offers great benefits in furthering the public’s understanding of the court process, greater public oversight and a spur to continued improvement…’
His Honour added that the author had shown an ‘in-depth understanding’ of the subject that was ‘well balanced and well researched’, which augured well for Mr Clegg’s future as a member of the Manx Bar.
Simcocks chief executive and a past winner of the prize, Phil Games said: “On behalf of all at Simcocks I would like to congratulate David on his achievement. The George Johnson Law Prize has a long and distinguished history and it is a great privilege to win it. It takes a large amount of dedication and David should be proud of his success.”
Receiving his certificate Mr Clegg said: “I am honoured to be presented with such a distinguished prize. My subject matter – Open Justice – is something which I feel particularly strongly about. I am grateful to Simcocks for its support and am pleased to be joining a number of other past winners of the prize within the firm.”
Also at the prize giving was the current president of the Isle of Man Law Society and Simcocks director Kevin O’Riordan. He said: “The award seeks to encourage students to take their study of the law beyond the level needed to pass the Manx bar exams and to help establish a bank of authoritative Manx jurisprudence through the submission of an academic paper. David’s hard work and dedication has paid off and this recognition bodes well for his legal career.”