Gift gives law students aid to careers

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Six University of Leeds law students have been given the opportunity to join solicitors’ firms for valuable work placements, after receiving scholarships in memory of Halifax solicitor Pamela Walsh Peaker.

The Pamela Walsh Peaker Memorial Awards are funded by Mr Tony Peaker and dedicated to the memory of his late wife, of Jack Royd, Halifax, who was a partner in London solicitors L Bingham and Co of Chancery Lane.

The scholarship programme gives students an eight-week summer work placement where they gain valuable experience in private law – particularly in the area of claimants’ individual legal rights – and observe directly the practice of justice.

By giving the students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the business and legal practices of their host firms, the scholarships encourage them to consider careers in these fields of law and enhance their future employability.

The awards have a particular benefit to students who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining such career-enhancing work experience.

The six students selected for the Awards in 2014 are Katie Small from Macclesfield; Heather Lucy from Stockport; Chevan Ilangaratne from Beverley; Antonia Birchall from Newton le Willows, Merseyside; Samantha Clarke from Hull and Sinead Kearns from Leeds.

They have each completed two years of their law course and were selected from many excellent applicants.

Mr Peaker has family ties to the Leeds area.

He chose the Law School at the University of Leeds for these awards as Pamela, originally from Dublin, enjoyed her time in Yorkshire.

“Pamela had to overcome significant difficulties to become a lawyer,” he said.

“ This gave her a real empathy for the struggles of others and she was alsways keen to help those learning to practise the law.”