Essay Competition 2023

We are proud to announce the launch of Women in Family Law annual essay competition. We hope that this competition will enable us to celebrate the talented family lawyers of the future, and to get keen family lawyers thinking about topical issues in this ever-developing area of practice.

The competition will be open to:

  • those undertaking the vocational component of their training as at 16th June 2023, including current Legal Practice Course, CILEX Graduate Fast-Track Diploma and Bar Practice Course students (full-time or part-time);
  • those who have completed the vocational component of their training as at 16th June 2023 and are actively seeking or are due to commence pupillage/a training contract/qualifying employment;
  • members of Women in Family Law only (if you aren’t a member, you can join here)

The competition is not open to undergraduate law students or GDL students, nor is it open to those who are currently undertaking pupillage/a training contract/qualifying employment. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to enter this competition, contact us at

The subject of this year’s competition is:

“Do the family courts favour women?”

The winner of the competition will receive £500, and two runners-up will receive £250.

Competition rules

  1. The competition will officially launch at 12 noon GMT on 16th June 2023 and will close at 12 noon GMT on 18th August 2023. Any entries submitted outside this time period (either before 16th June 2023 or after 18th August 2023) will not be considered.
  2. All entries must be sent to
  3. At the time of the entry being submitted, the entrant must be a member of Women in Family Law for their entry to be considered.
  4. Essays should be submitted in a Word document.
  5. Essays must be no more than 2,500 words (excluding footnotes), in Times New Roman type 12, double line spacing. Entries over the word count will not be considered.
  6. Harvard style referencing or OSCOLA referencing should be used.
  7. Please include the title of your essay on your entry and your current academic/employment status, but not your name or any identifying details in respect of your organisation. All essays will be blind marked by the judges.
  8. Any plagiarised entries will be disqualified immediately.
  9. Prior to formal announcement of the winners and any prize money being released, successful entrants must provide documentary confirmation of their academic/employment status to confirm they fall within the category of eligible entrants.