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Holly's career off to flying start with law prize

Student earns prestigious award after just one term

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Duncan Gibbins Litigation Manager Shereef Hosny with Holly Saunders and MMU's Nick Touati

LAW student Holly Saunders has been awarded a prestigious Duncan Gibbins Solicitors prize after just one semester at Manchester Metropolitan University.

18-year-old Holly, a first year student Manchester Law School, has received a cash prize and invaluable work experience from the Knowsley-based law firm.

The honour comes after Holly came top of her year group with a score of 85% for her Tort Law mooting assignment which involved debating a hypothetical police duty of care case.

Duncan Gibbins Litigation Manager Shereef Hosny said: “As a firm most of the work we do is centred around the principles of Tort Law and an ability to understand and interpret these. We are very impressed by Holly’s calibre. She is clearly very driven and we look forward to working with her on her placements.

"As a firm, Duncan Gibbins believe it is really important to underpin the future of the profession by making contact with universities such as MMU. It allows us to spot high achievers and work with the high flyers of tomorrow, such as Holly.”

Helping people

Holly, from Diggle in Saddleworth, is not only impressing law firms with her marks. She is already involved in a host of groups including the Law Society’s Critical Lawyers Group at MMU.

She said: “I really enjoyed the mooting assignment. As much as we had a lot of preparation to do, it also involved us thinking on our feet.

“I’m looking forward to working with Duncan Gibbins and everything I’ll be able to learn from them.

“I chose to study law as it was a subject I really enjoyed at college. Eventually I’d really like to go into Human Rights law and do something that helps people.”

A second Duncan Gibbins award will be announced at the end of the academic year for the MMU student who receives the highest overall grade in Tort Law.


The link between Duncan Gibbins and the university was negotiated by Nick Touati from MMU Careers & Employability Service, working alongside academic colleagues. The Careers & Employability Service works proactively with employers to attract job vacancies and other opportunities on behalf of MMU students.

These awards are part of the Duncan Gibbins Academy which aims to provide law students with useful advice on what working as a solicitor is really like and help them stand out from the crowd in the job market.

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