Gray's Inn

Other Awards and Prizes

The Hebe Plunkett Award

The Inn provides awards totalling £10,000 per annum from a sum of money left by Hebe Grace Plunkett (died 1989) for disabled students and pupils, in particular those who are blind or partially sighted, requiring financial assistance on the CPE / GDL, the BPTC or during pupillage.

Application and deadline

There are 2 opportunities each year to apply for the Hebe Plunkett Award. Applications are made via our online scholarship application system by the first Friday in November or by the first Friday in May. These are the same deadlines as the BPTC Scholarships and CPE / GDL Scholarships. BPTC and CPE / GDL online scholarship applications allow you to additionally apply your application towards a Hebe Plunkett Award (you are only required to submit only one application). If you are not applying for BPTC or CPE / GDL scholarships, you may apply for a Hebe Plunkett Award separately. 

For the next Hebe Plunkett Award application periods view the BPTC Scholarship or CPE / GDL Scholarship application periods. 

Remember:

  • both your references must also be received by the above deadline
  • you do not have to be a member at the point of applying (if applying for funds towards the CPE/GDL or BPTC), but you must become a member to receive funds if your application is successful
  • if you are applying for a Hebe Plunkett Award to be applied towards pupillage, you must be member at the point of applying
  • you do not require a confirmed place on the course at the point of applying, but you must provide proof of enrolment (if applying for funds towards the CPE/GDL or BPTC) to receive funds if your application is successful
  • if you are applying for a Hebe Plunkett Award to be applied towards pupillage, you must provide proof of your pupillage to receive funds if your application is successful

Before starting an application, and to find out more about references, conditions and the application process, please read our conditions for applicants and scholars. Please also ensure you read all the guidance contained within the application form itself.

The online scholarship application system will require you to create an account if you are a new user. If you are using the system in Internet Explorer 9 or above, please ensure you disable ‘compatibility view’ before starting an application.

The Michael Beloff Essay Prize

  • Founded by The Hon Michael Beloff QC, a Master of the Bench, former Treasurer and former President of Trinity College, Oxford
  • Called 1967, Silk 1981, Bencher 1989, Treasurer 2008
  • A prize of up to £1,000 will be awarded for an essay on a selected subject in Administrative Law

Entrance factors

Open to student members of the Inn who are seeking pupillage, or any members of the Inn who have been called to the Bar for a period of not more than twelve months and are seeking pupillage.  In either case applicants may not have already gained a Michael Beloff Essay Prize.

Application and deadline

  • The essay question will be released in our news and on the Inn's social media in July with a deadline for essay submissions in October
  • You must submit a PDF version of your essay using the online form
  • The essay must be your original composition and be between 3,000 and 5,000 words (including footnotes)
  • Essays exceeding the stated length will not be considered
  • Your essay is to be signed using a pseudonym and must not contain your real name
  • When announced, the winning author will be invited to include their essay in the Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal

The Norman Tapp Memorial Prizes

Three prizes of £325 each will be awarded annually to the best senior mooters from the Michaelmas Term to the close of Trinity Term. There will be discretion as to the amounts and/or whether to withhold the prizes if the level of attainment is not considered sufficiently high.

The Lee Essay Prize

  • Founded in 1864 by the late John Lee (1783-1866), a Master of the Bench, well known astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Elected Treasurer to serve in 1866 but died shortly afterwards
  • A first prize of up to £1,500 and a second prize of up to £500 will be awarded for an essay on a selected subject on the Common or Statute Law of England and Wales

Entrance factors

Open to any students or members of the Inn who have been called to the Bar for a period of not more than twelve months. In either case applicants must not have already gained a Lee Essay Prize.

Application and deadline

  • The essay question will be released in our news and on the Inn's social media in July with a deadline for essay submissions in October
  • You must submit a PDF version of your essay using the online form
  • The essay must be your original composition and be not exceed 10,000 words (including footnotes)
  • Essays exceeding the stated length will not be considered
  • Your essay is to be signed using a pseudonym and must not contain your real name

The James Hunt Prize

  • Founded by the Inn’s Faculty of Advocacy in memory of their beloved friend and colleague, Sir James Hunt, a Master of the Bench, who died in 2006
  • Called 1968, Recorder 1982, Silk 1987, Bencher 1994, Justice of the High Court 2000
  • A founder of advocacy training at Gray’s Inn and remembered permanently for his commitment to students of the law by the establishment of the James Hunt Library in Nottingham Trent University
  • A poet, whose own writing he described as “doggerel”, and which has been collected under the title, ‘Therapy’

The Trial Exercise is held at the Royal Courts of Justice each spring and marks the fifth and final stage of the Pupil Advocacy Course. The James Hunt prize is awarded by the Inn on the recommendation of the Advocacy Faculty to a pupil who demonstrates the best advocacy performance on the day.

The Ede and Ravenscroft Prize

Ede and Ravenscroft donate the prize of a wig and gown each year to a trainee barrister member entering pupillage. The winner is chosen by the Scholarships Committee.

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  • Conditions for Applicants and Scholars

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