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Henmans, solicitors in Oxford, are marking the millennium with a Legal Essay Competition. £1,000 in prize money is being made available. The person who is adjudged to have written the best essay will receive a £700 prize, and there will be prizes of £200 and £100, respectively, for the next two best essays submitted. The competition is open to any student in residence at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, or the Institute of Legal Practice.

A typed or word-processed essay, of not more than 5,000 words (including notes), should be submitted to Jeremy Horder, Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UL, by the end of the Easter vacation (30 April 2000), on one of the following topics:

1. `An historical anachronism that has no modern purpose.' Discuss, in relation to the concept of the trust.

2. Modern land law dates from 1925. What, if any, fundamental changes are required seventy-five years later to bring land law into the twenty-first century?

3. `The law of negligence has developed to such an extent that no professional can sleep easily at night.' Discuss, in relation to current developments in the law of tort, especially in so far as such developments intersect with developments in the law of contract.

4. `The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers' (Shakespeare—Henry VI, Part II). How do you account for the continuing negative perception of the legal profession, having regard to the image of lawyers projected in literature and/or in the media?

The result of the competition will be announced during Trinity Term 2000.

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