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Cardiff Met’s top Law student wins Sir Samuel Evans Prize at Legal Wales Conference

News | 22 November 2023

A Cardiff Metropolitan University law graduate has been awarded the Sir Samuel Evans Prize for being the highest achieving law student of the year at the University.

Nouhaila Charhabil, who has progressed onto studying for her LPC, LLM at the University of Law, was awarded the prestigious prize at the 20th anniversary of the Legal Wales Conference in Cardiff. The Sir Samuel Evans Prize – named after the Welsh judge and politician – honours a final year student from every university in Wales that received the highest marks in Law each academic year.

Nouhaila was presented the award by the Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and the Lady Chief Justice of England & Wales at the Legal Wales Conference. The annual event provides a platform for significant contributions to the continuing dialogue on constitutional and legal developments in Wales.

Nouhaila said: “I remember writing in my personal statement when applying to study at Cardiff Met that I was looking forward to proving that my skills would benefit and add value to the University. I can finally confirm that I achieved this goal.

“The main highlight for me was meeting and being awarded by the first woman to serve as Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales since the office’s inception in the 13th century.

“I am extremely grateful to have attended Cardiff Met and proud to have achieved this award as a first cohort of LLB. My advice to new students is to always believe in yourselves, be confident and always take the opportunities thrown your way.”

LLB Law Programme Director, Hephzibah Egede, said: “We are delighted that Nouhaila has been awarded the distinguished Sir Samuel Evans prize for her outstanding academic performance. Nouhaila worked very hard and displayed stellar conduct and professionalism throughout her programme of studies. We wish her continued success in her future endeavours.”

The first Legal Wales Conference was held at Cardiff University in October 2003 following a proposal by Huw Williams of the firm of Geldards LLP for an event bringing together Legal Wales and the Welsh legal associations.

It is now the largest and most eminent legal sector event in Wales and attracts the judiciary, legal professionals in private practice and in-house, academics, students and organisations in the third sector, such as law clinics and free legal advice centres.