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Student wins award in memory of Tony Blair’s father

必威 www.szhdnk.com (10 June 2019)

Durham Law student Mia Purdy has been recognised for her exceptional advocacy skills with the new Leo Blair Prize. 

The award was presented at an alumni event in London on the 4 June.

Mia Purdy is a graduating law student who launched Durham’s Bar Society and has enjoyed several successes in mooting. Purdy won a merit-based scholarship to begin her Bar training course from BPP and Lincoln Inn’s prestigious Lord Denning Scholarship.

Leo Blair taught criminal law for many years here at Durham and helped to kindle a passion for advocacy in successive generations of students, as well as within his own family - Blair is the father of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, barrister Sarah Blair and high court judge Sir William Blair.

Tony Blair who attended the event to launch the new award, said:

‘I’m delighted to see the Law School thriving and I can’t tell you how proud my father would be to have this award named after him. Durham played a huge part in our lives. I am absolutely thrilled Mia will be the first winner of this prize’.

Further information

To watch Tony Blair’s presentation of the prize, see here.

Durham Law School is in the QS World Ranking Top 40, find out more here.

Information on other awards and prizes available to Law students throughout their studies can be found here.