ICLR Busfield Prize: 2017 Winner announced

Posted on 9th Aug 2017 in ICLR News

ICLR is pleased to announce that the winner of the ICLR Busfield Prize 2017 is Ms Sophie Clayton.


The prize of £750 is awarded to the BPTC student at City Law School who displays the best performance in the skill of Opinion Writing.

Sophie’s winning pieces were as follows:

– Opinion Writing exam: a negligence claim from the perspective of the defendant, a prison, addressing their potential liability in an accident involving tools at the prison workshop (90%)

– Fraud option: an advice written for the CPS determining which charge would be most suitable to bring against a suspected fraudster who had taken out multiple identical business loans evidenced by falsified till rolls before absconding to Russia (94%)

– Family option: an opinion written for the respondent mother in a private law children dispute regarding her prospects of successfully resisting the father’s claim for contact on the basis of abuse and capacity allegations (99%)


Sophie (pictured) is an English graduate from Regent’s Park College, Oxford who converted to Law at City last year after working in Business Development for a while. She is due to start pupillage at QEB (family) chambers next month.


The Busfield Prize was established with funds left on her death by the late Miss K Busfield, barrister of Lincoln’s Inn and a long-serving ICLR law reporter appointed to the Chancery Division. During her working career Miss Busfield was known for mentoring students and providing support to those just beginning in the law profession. You can read more about the prize here.


We congratulate Sophie on her excellent win and wish her the very best in her legal career.