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    20 October

New debating competition for law students

As an executive member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA), Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to be associated with a brand new debating competition for law students and undergraduates.

The LSA has joined forces with the Woodland Trust to create this inaugural debating competition. The competition is open to teams of three students who must prepare a convincing case in response to the question: “What role can the practice of law in the 21st century play in achieving sustainability for the common good?”

Senior partner and Head of Energy at Shakespeare Martineau, Andrew Whitehead commented, “This is a great initiative from the LSA and the Woodland Trust, creating a fantastic opportunity for law students to develop their debating skills and prepare for a career in the law.

“But perhaps more significantly, this competition will also help promote understanding of how lawyers can contribute positively to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, notably climate change.

“I’m especially delighted and proud that Shakespeare Martineau will be hosting the Birmingham heat. Like many other businesses, as a firm we are working hard to improve the environmental sustainability of operations and activities, whilst on a personal level climate change law and policy is increasingly a part of my own practice area.

“It perhaps goes without saying, but young lawyers are the future of our business. We passionately believe in supporting the development of our people and attracting new lawyers through our graduate trainee programme, and this new debating competition chimes with all of that.”

The Birmingham heat takes place on 23 November with regional heats all over the country and the final in London in December. Find out more information and how to apply here.

You can show your support and follow the debate on twitter by following LSA @legalsustain and Shakespeare Martineau @SHMALaw and by using the hashtag #studentdebate

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