Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize 2019

Following his death in January 2018, the Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize seeks to honour the legacy of Sir Henry Brooke, a former Court of Appeal judge who became a tireless campaigner during retirement on issues including access to justice. His post-judicial renown owed much to his enthusiastic adoption of digital technology; many came to know of him through his blog and tweets. He drafted significant sections of the Bach Commission’s final report on access to justice, and also acted as patron to a number of justice organisations including the Public Law Project, Harrow Law Centre and Prisoners Abroad.

The Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize is a scheme conceived by Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). We are grateful for the Public Law Project for its encouragement, and to our sponsor 39 Essex Chambers for its generous donation of prize money.


Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize 2019

"Technology has the capacity to enhance, empower and automate, but it also has the potential to exclude vulnerable members of society" – Sir Henry Brooke, September 2017

Discuss, with examples, how technology can be used to advance access to justice in the UK.

The winner of the Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize 2019 will receive a £100 cash prize. The second-place winner will receive £50 and two runners-up will each receive £25 worth of book tokens. Winners will be announced at YLAL London’s July meeting and online, on YLAL’s website and through its social media channels.


Please note that this competition is now closed. We are grateful for all of the submissions we have received. We will be in touch with all entrants in due course. 

For more essay competitions, check our page on scholarships and bursaries.