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Rising Star Competition

What do Rising Star Entrants get?
  • Free entry to the whole conference
  • Access to the rising star drinks reception. This gives juniors the opportunity to meet each other as well as a hand selected number of senior professionals, enabling everyone to network in a more intimate environment. 
  • Acces to the rising star streamed sessions giving practical advice on career progression and soft skills training. This year included James Price, Head of Litigation at Stewarts Law and Jonathan Speck,Managing Partner at Mourant Ozannes acting out a client meeting and giving tips on how to deal with a particularly difficult client. 
Find out more about the Judges

Sue Medder of XXIV Chambers

Sue was formerly a partner at leading London law firm Withers LLP and joined XXIV Old Buildings in June 2014.

Sue is responsible not only for developing and delivering business strategies but also for maintaining and developing client relationships as well as managing and leading the clerking team.

A key part of her role involves employing the skills she developed as a highly regarded litigation partner at Withers LLP to grow XXIV Old Buildings’ practice and reputation for providing leading advisors and litigators to international and domestic markets.

Find out more about the Judges

Nicholas Le PoidevinQC, Barrister, New Square Chambers  

Specialises in trusts and estates work, both contentious and advisory.  He has appeared in significant cases in England at the highest level in both areas of practice, Crociani v Crociani (2014: trust jurisdiction clauses) in the Privy Council and Marley v Rawlings (2014: switched wills) in the Supreme Court. 

Nathanial Turner, Partner at ASW Law

Nathanial Director in the commercial litigation department and has experience in all areas of commercial cross-border litigation, arbitrations and  mediations with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, contentious trusts, insurance and reinsurance, financial services and banking, investment funds, distressed-debt collection, commercial fraud, money laundering, insolvency, conflicts of laws, telecommunications, professional negligence, defamation, intellectual property, employment and construction disputes.

Rising Star Winner 2017


Congratulations toges to Neil Thomson of Sedgwick Chudleigh Ltd who presented his winning paper to the entire delegation

Emma Hargreaves, Serle Court


“The Rising Star competition provided a valuable opportunity to attend a conference packed with interesting talks given by leading experts in the trusts industry. It was a great privilege to be given the chance to present my paper at the end of the conference. At the talks and at the numerous social events, I was able to meet other junior practitioners taking part in the competition and established practitioners, some of whom I have been able to work with since. I would absolutely recommend the competition to others.”