Lawscot Foundation students have shown off their legal and workplace skills in a high-paced contest across five major legal employers in Edinburgh.

The Lawscot Challenge was held yesterday – Wednesday, 23 November 2022 – with 8 students in 4 teams, across 3 year groups participating in the event’s first running since 2019.

Lawscot Foundation sponsors Addleshaw Goddard, Allan McDougall, Burness Paull, NatWest and Turcan Connell hosted the students, giving them an insight into each workplace while testing their legal and workplace skills through five 30-minute challenges.











 Hope Laing, 2nd year student at Aberdeen University and winner of the most impressive individual award.


Asma Khan Afridi, 2nd year student at Glasgow University and Ben Campbell, 3rd student at Glasgow University, winners of the best team award.                                            

The teams – which mixed second, third and fourth year students – were scored on criteria including teamwork, accuracy and presentation skills. The winning team was Ben Campbell and Asma Khan Afridi of Team 1, while Hope Laing was selected as the most impressive individual.

Milly Berndes-Cade, Lawscot Foundation spokesperson said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to revive this event after the disruption of the past few years. The students got an enormous amount out of the day, and the participating firms were impressed across the board with their enthusiasm, intelligence and skills.

“To say the event is fast paced is a bit of an understatement, covering five employers in less than five hours. Each stop included 25 minutes to consider the challenge posed, five minutes to present the team’s findings and finally 15 minutes to network.

“The concept for this event was adapted from Edinburgh Napier University’s Legal City Challenge. It introduces students to the kinds of workplaces they’ll hopefully return to for their traineeships, but also gives a really practical demonstration of the varied work that legal teams carry out.

“This event underlines that the Lawscot Foundation is about so much more than financial support. Thanks to our generous sponsors such as the firms involved in this challenge, we’re also supporting the development of our students as lawyers and people.”

Check out the Lawscot Foundation students with sponsor firms Burness Paull, Addleshaw Goddard, Allan McDougall and Turcan Connell