Trinity Student wins Maples Student Business Lawyer of the Year Award
Trinity Law Student John Fitzsimons was awarded the Gold Medal in the Maples Student Business Lawyer of the Year Competition presented by Judge Peter Kelly, following a hotly contested final in Dublin on 17 October last. The competition, which is in its second year, was hosted by international law firm Maples and Calder to identify students who excel in the skills and capabilities which are essential to success as a business lawyer.
The final took the format of a Moot Court and John’s skills of persuasion were deemed by the panel of judges – Mr. Justice Peter Kelly, John Kennedy BL and Maples’ Head of Litigation, Dudley Solan - to have the edge on his highly impressive fellow finalists Clodagh Rochford (Trinity College), Thomas Timlin (Trinity College) and William McEvoy (University College Dublin), each of whom confidently argued their case.
In presenting the award, Mr. Justice Peter Kelly acknowledged the skills displayed by each of the finalists and as a consequence the difficult decision the judges faced in selecting a winner.
Speaking at the final, managing partner of Maples’ Dublin office, Andrew Doyle, described the finalists as being “of rare quality”, adding “Our four finalists have beaten stiff competition to get this far. The competition runs during the course of our summer internship programme for which several hundred students were considered. Clodagh, John, Thomas and William were selected from our final group of seven highly impressive interns by a team of Maples partners and mentors for their ability to apply the law to complex business situations.”
The prize for the winner John Fitzsimons is a further internship in one of Maples’ overseas offices, in addition to a gold medal, commissioned for the occasion and a cash prize. Last year’s winner, Raphael Clancy, has recently returned from a three week internship in Maples’ Hong Kong office and plans to join Maples as a trainee next September.