Pride essay competition

About Pride at Norton Rose Fulbright

Our Pride network focuses on creating an inclusive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) professionals and staff, developing a network of allies and developing relationships with our clients' LGBT networks.

Our networks are open to all professionals and staff internationally, including LGBT individuals and allies who wish to support the LGBT community. 

The competition

On 27 July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was passed into UK law. This was the first stepping stone towards full decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and though this Act only related to men it had an impact on everyone in the LGBT+ community.

To mark this anniversary, we’re interested to hear what you have to say about the interrelationship between law and social change in respect of LGBT+ rights. Tell us what you think and you could win a one day work experience trip to our London offices.

The prizes

  • A one day work experience placement at our London offices.
  • Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn posts from Norton Rose Fulbright about your essay.

How to enter

We will award a prize to the author of the best essay on the following topic:

In relation to LGBT+ equality, does the law drive social change or does social change drive the law?

Send us your completed essay and the following details to by 23:59 on 31 October 2017.

  • Your full name
  • University of study
  • Subject(s) and years of study
  • Contact email (must be a university email)
  • Contact number

The winner

When all the entries are in, our judges will make their decision on which essays are the winners. They’ll be looking for:

  • Academic rigour;
  • Creativity in terms of approach and arguments developed;
  • High standard of written English;
  • Attention to detail, excellent legal analysis (demonstrating appropriate referencing and accreditation of sources);
  • An understanding of the interconnectivity between the law and LGBT issues; and,
  • Strength of argument in your entry.

If your entry is a winner, you will be notified by email and invited to attend a one day work experience trip to our London offices.

Terms & conditions

Please read the full terms and conditions carefully as certain eligibility criteria apply:

1. The competition organiser or promoter is Norton Rose Fulbright LLP of 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ, United Kingdom. In these terms and conditions Norton Rose Fulbright means the Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, the member firms of the Norton Rose Fulbright Verein (Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP), and Norton Rose Fulbright Development Holdings Limited, Norton Rose Fulbright Services an unlimited company registered in England and Wales, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia Services Pty Ltd, Services OR LP/SEC a limited partnership established in Canada, and in every case their respective affiliates or subsidiaries.

2. Eligibility:

You must be over the age of 18 and you must be currently studying at a UK university. You can be either a Law or non-Law student. All of your details as described below must be featured in your submission. All entries need to be written in English, and checked for spelling and grammar.

Only one entry per eligible entrant may be submitted. By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. The organiser reserves the right to reject any entries that are inaudible, incomplete, incomprehensible, damaged or otherwise deficient and also reserves the right to reject entries that are in breach of these Terms and Conditions, unlawful or which it considers in its sole discretion may have an adverse impact on the goodwill, brand or reputation of Norton Rose Fulbright. The organiser accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries.

3.  How to enter:

1. Comply with the eligibility criteria as set out above.

2. Write a 1,200 word essay on the above topic.

3. Provide us with your completed essay and the following details:

  • Your full name
  • University of study
  • Subject(s) and years of study
  • Contact email (must be a university email)
  • Contact number

4. Email us your entry to by 23:59 on 31 October 2017.

5. Wait to see if you’re one of  the winners!

4. The competition will run from 00:00 GMT on 1 July 2017 and close at 23:59 GMT on 31 October 2017. Entries received after this time will not be considered. Competition entries cannot be returned.

5. Prize:

  • A one day work experience placement at our London offices (on a date to be mutually agreed between the Promoter and the winner). Reasonable travel and food expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn posts from Norton Rose Fulbright about your essay.

6. No purchase is necessary and all prizes are non-negotiable, there is no cash alternative, and are non-transferable except where the eligibility of the winner becomes invalid whereby the organiser reserves the right to select an alternative winner if the selected winner is either not eligible according to these terms and conditions.

7. Judging: The entries shall be judged in accordance with the criteria listed above. The organiser's decision is final in all matters connected with the competition.

8. Winner Announcement and Claiming: The winners will be notified by email to the email address used to send us your entry, on or before 1 December 2017. If you are a winner, you will have 15 days from being told of your win in which to claim your prize. To claim your prize you must respond to any email you receive stating the same. In the event that the organiser does not have full and correct contact details, or is unable to contact you in relation to your entry, you may be automatically disqualified and the organiser reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries received. The winners' details will be available on request by sending an email to within 20 days after the date of the closing date of the competition.

9. Data Protection: You consent to the organiser using and processing your personal data for the purpose of publishing, promoting and sharing your entry to the competition including with third party suppliers insofar as is required to fulfil, deliver or arrange the prize (the Contribution). In so doing you acknowledge that your personal data may be transferred to locations around the world (including outside of the EEA) and made publicly available as described above and you hereby give your express consent for this.

10. Intellectual Property: You agree and confirm that the Contribution is your own work. By submitting the Contribution you grant us your consent on a worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, transferable licence (with right to sub-license) basis to use, host, store, reproduce, edit, cut, translate, create derivative works, publish, distribute and communicate the Contribution in part or as a whole in any and all media including any social media channels such as Norton Rose Fulbright’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, whether now known or hereafter developed, without payment or liability to you. If you do not agree to the Contribution being distributed and communicated on a social you must let us know at the time of entry by contacting You represent and warrant to us that (i) you have the right, including through obtaining all relevant permissions, to submit the Contribution and give the above consent, (ii) the Contribution does not infringe any third party's rights including intellectual property and data privacy rights, and (iii) the Contribution is not hateful, defamatory, discriminatory or does not constitute a breach of confidence or any law or which it is unlawful for you to possess in the country in which you are resident, or which it would be unlawful for us to use or to hold.  You agree that the organiser may disclose your identity to any third party who claims that any Contribution uploaded by you infringes their rights. By submitting the Contribution, you agree to irrecoverably waive to the extent permissible at law any moral rights in the Contribution arising under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or similar rights arising under the laws of any jurisdiction.

11. Publicity: Each winner agrees that they will participate in and their name and image may be used for promotional internal and external communications in relation to the prize  and in any media.

12. Limitation of Liability: Each entrant agrees that Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and other Norton Rose Fulbright entities, their partners, members, directors and employees shall not be liable for any loss, damage, delay or injury whatsoever, including any loss of expectation arising from the prize not proceeding as anticipated (whether direct, indirect, consequential or future and whether or not reasonably foreseeable, contemplatable or actually contemplated by the parties) sustained by the entrant arising out of or in any way connected with the competition or the prize, with the exception that Norton Rose Fulbright LLP does not purport to exclude liability in respect of (i) death or personal injury as a result of any negligence; (ii) fraud or fraudulent statements; and (iii) any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law. Each entrant agrees that to the extent any liability or obligation of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP is expressed to be limited or excluded pursuant to the provisions of these terms and conditions, such limitations or exclusions shall to the extent permitted by applicable law or regulation, also apply to any and all other entities of Norton Rose Fulbright.

13. The organiser reserves the right to amend or cancel the competition at any stage and for any reason. The organiser retains the right to hold void, cancel or amend the competition and/or any prize for any reason, at its sole discretion.

14. The competition is governed by the laws of England and entrants to the prize submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.