Big Voice London16th November 2020
Earlier this year I was made aware by Kingsbridge Community College of an exciting opportunity to apply to be a part of an online pilot project run by Big Voice London, a charitable organisation engaging and empowering young people in law and legal policy. The application process consisted of two essays, one addressing why you would like to participate and the other on how you would demonstrate a commitment to the project. My application was successful and I was one of fifty people chosen to take part from over five hundred applicants.
The project was ‘An introduction to the Legal System with the UK Supreme Court’ which analysed the case of WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants. Candidates had the opportunity to listen to a panel talk with top barristers involved in the case, followed by a Q&A. It enabled candidates to engage in cutting-edge legal policy regarding vicarious liability and data protection law while gaining an insight into the work of the Supreme Court.
Candidates were tasked with writing a final report after the 7-week course. This was composed of their understanding of the complexities of the case, by expressing their own opinions and knowledge of vicarious liability, the ‘close connection test’, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the final judgement awarding in favour of WM Morrisons Plc. The report was scored on law knowledge, structure, persuasiveness, originality and development of critical thought. I scored 38/40 for my report.
I would strongly encourage anyone to apply to take part in any projects they feel are relevant to their further studies or that are simply of interest to them. It has given me a real insight into a topic that I wish to study at university and a great platform to build on.
By Maisy Hawkins