Last year's winner
Last year saw the launch of Clifford Chance's inaugural Intelligent Aid competition, which received widespread interest and a large number of quality entries from all over the UK, which we hope to equal or even better this year.The competition was centered on the topic of microfinance, an area in which Clifford Chance has been a pioneering force. We encouraged students to research how microfinance helps communities the world over to break the poverty cycle by creating access to finance and the role lawyers can play in this.
William Green from University College London was named the winner, securing the chance to select one of the Clifford Chance Foundation's approved charities to receive a donation of £1000, a place on the firm's vacation scheme, a trip to New York with a day spent in the firm's office there and an iPad. William chose Microjustice 4 All to receive the donation who later offered him an internship and he has since been offered and accepted his training contract with Clifford Chance.
Judge Mark Campbell commented, "The quality of entries was very high and the standard of presentations we saw yesterday did not disappoint. The ideas we heard were varied and well thought through and have left a big impression on the judges. However, William, and runners up Tasmin and Sophie did stand out: they showed innovative thought, good research and an energetic and enthusiastic delivery."
Watch Will Green's video.