The Lee Essay Prize 2016

Applications for the Essay Prize are now closed. The deadline for submissions was Monday 29 February 2016.

Founded by the late John Lee, a Bencher of the Inn, a first prize of up to £1,500 and a second prize of up to £500 can be awarded for an essay on a selected subject on the Common or Statute Law of England and Wales.


Does the criminal law of joint enterprise cause injustice?

N.B. The essay must include, but is not limited to, the following cases:

  • R v Gnango [2011] UKSC 59
  • R v Jogee (Appellant)  Case No: UKSC 2015/0015 Neutral Citation No: [2013] EWCA Crim 1443 (this case is going to be heard in the UKSC in November 2015)

UPDATE 23/2/16: Additionally, you may choose to make reference to the recent Supreme Court ruling (R v Jogee (Appellant) [2016] UKSC 8), however, there is no expectation for you to make to make reference to the case. You may do so, or not; the choice is up to you.  


  • Open to any student members of the Inn or members who have been called to the Bar within the last twelve months (as at the submission deadline)
  • Applicants may not have already gained a Lee Essay Prize
  • This is an individual competition (no teams may enter)
  • Your essay must be no longer than 10,000 (including footnotes) - essays exceeding this length will not be considered
  • The essay must be your original composition
  • Your essay must be signed using a pseudonym
Date posted: 05 October 2015