Geldards Recognises Top Law Student With Special Award

18th January 2016

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One of the University of Derby’s highest achieving law students have been recognised with special award by Geldards.

Jessica Chapman studied law at the university over the past three years and graduated with her classmates in a special ceremony at the Derby Arena on Pride Park this week.

"It’s important to recognise outstanding academic achievement of the students .”

Michelle Craven-Faulkner, a Partner in Geldards’ commercial team, presented Jessica Chapman with the award for receiving the highest marks in Commercial Law.

Michelle explained: “The firm is committed to helping nurture the next generation of legal talent and we hope that these awards provide inspiration to their recipients to go on and have the long and successful legal careers of which we are sure that they are capable.”

It’s important to recognise outstanding academic achievement of the students and also promote the excellent legal education that the University of Derby provides hundreds of aspiring lawyers with each year.”

Along with the award, Jessica has also received the opportunity to join Geldards’ Commercial Law Team on a work placement to shadow a lawyer.

Scott Atkins, the University’s Acting Head of Law, added: “Year on year the University strives to help produce the next crop of legal talent and we’re delighted that Geldards has given its support to help us recognise the fantastic achievements of our students.

“It’s a difficult time for young people looking to make their way in the working world, but hopefully the award for Jessica will provide her with the confidence and the platform to go on and lead the next generation of top legal talent.”




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Michelle Craven-Faulkner


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