Law student, Larissa Pye, has beaten over 45 of her peers to win the 'Hunt Cup' final at Bristol University.
The annual 16-week debating competition was founded over 40 years' ago by Lord Hunt of Wirral - Chairman of the Financial Services division at law firm Beachcroft LLP and a Bristol University graduate. Lord Hunt gave the University the cup after he won the British Debating Championship for the Observer Mace in 1964-6. He went on to represent British Universities on a debating tour of America.
The final saw four students - two proposition speakers and two opposition speakers - debate the motion 'This House believes the United Kingdom is an anachronism'. Larissa roundly defeated the motion in a lively debating session. Lord Hunt attended the prize-giving ceremony to present the cup.
"Achieving the Hunt Cup is particularly fitting for Larissa as she helped re-establish the competition at the University in 2004," said Lord Hunt. "The Hunt Cup helps Beachcroft to strengthen its links with Bristol University, with a number of our partners helping to judge the final debate. The competition is also an excellent way of testing the skills of our future lawyers and helps us to spot potential candidates for work placements."
Now Chairman of the English Speaking Union (ESU), Lord Hunt has used his debating skills extensively in politics taking on, and defeating, Enoch Powell in the 1970s, and most recently, had success in the House of Lords debating amendments proposed by him to the Compensation Bill.
In 1979, Lord Hunt became a member of Margaret Thatcher's first administration and has since served in a number of key roles including Secretary of State of Wales. Re-appointed in that position by John Major, he subsequently became Secretary of State for Employment in 1993 and then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (and Minister for Public Service and Science) in 1994.
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Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.
The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.
The Bristol office currently includes 33 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.
For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk