The Norton Rose Fulbright GP Challenge

It’s a fast-moving world – but nowhere more so than for Grand Prix teams. And in the constantly changing industry of Grand Prix racing, it’s good to have a partner – a team who move at the same pace, who can help you analyse the risks ahead. That’s why Norton Rose Fulbright and McLaren Honda formed a corporate partnership in January 2014.

But what makes us such a great pairing? We want you to get your own team together, and tell us:

F1 is a risky business. What do you think a lawyer should be thinking about when advising high risk clients?

Give us your interpretation and you and your friends could be through to the GP Challenge Final, with the chance to win two unforgettable experiences – a work experience placement with Norton Rose Fulbright, and a trip to the McLaren Technology Centre. And even if you don’t go through to the final, at least one team is guaranteed to win Amazon gift vouchers. 

To enter the competition

You’ll need to:

1. Form your own team. Teams should consist of a minimum of three people and a mximum of five people. You’ll all have to be UK undergraduates though, and at least one of you should be studying a non-Law degree

2. Make sure everyone is available for the date of the Final – 23 February 2018 – held at our More London offices 

3. Choose one of the following. You can either:

- Create a video of no more than 90 seconds to answer the question above, followed by a 200-word written answer that introduces your team and tells us why you should get a place in the final

Or, alternatively, you can:

- Write a 450 word written entry – the first 250 words of which should answer the question above, while the second 200 words should introduce your team and tell us why you should get a place in the final

4. Provide us with the following details:

  • Your team name
  • University of study (if team are from different universities, pick one)
  • The name of all team members (minimum 3)
  • Subjects and years of study
  • Primary contact name
  • Primary contact email (must be a university email)
  • Primary contact number

5. When you’re done, go to our website to submit your entry by 24 January  - making sure every member of your team is named in the submission

6. Wait to see if you’re one of the five teams selected to go through to the final.

The Final

The Final will be held at Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office on 23 February 2018 – so please make sure that everyone in your team is free on that day before you apply. The main event will be a legal challenge, where your team will have to get your heads around a legal case and then present your advice back to a ‘client’. You’ll have a mentor to help you with the finer points. Norton Rose Fulbright will contact finalists in early February, so make sure you include your contact details in your entry. In the event that we do not have full and correct contact details for each team member, or we are unable to contact you in relation to your entry, you may be automatically disqualified.

The Final will be judged, independently, by a panel of representatives from Norton Rose Fulbright and McLaren Honda.

The Prizes

Each member of the team that comes out on top will win a work experience placement at Norton Rose Fulbright, and each member of the top three teams will win a trip to the McLaren Honda Technology Centre. The most sporting team on the day will even win McLaren merchandise. One team, drawn at random from all entries submitted, will win an Amazon voucher totalling £100.

So, in short, our prizes will give you first-hand experience of life at our practice, and an insight into the work of our clients. And it will hopefully be the first step towards a great, and lasting, partnership with us.

Other terms

Your team

Your team must consist of a minimum of three students and a maximum of five students, all of whom must be currently studying at a UK university. Your team can be either Law or non-Law students, but at least one person in the team should be studying for a non-Law degree. All of your team members must be featured in your submission and available for the Final at our offices in London on 23 February. If your team is made up of students from different universities, you should select one to include in your entry.

Video entries

When making the video entry for the first part of your submission, you can be as creative as you want to be – but the main thing is to make sure you put across a well-researched, persuasive and succinct argument that answers the competition question. You won’t be judged on video effects, but rather on the content of your argument – just make sure the film and sound quality are good enough for us to understand. We may also want to use your entry on social media, and we’ll ask for your permission to do that when you submit your entry. 

Again, to keep things fair, please don’t contact either us or McLaren Honda for any hints or tips - we want to see how good you are at researching on your own. If you do contact us, (or if you go over the 90 second time limit) you risk disqualification.

For the second part – the 200 word written section - be as creative as you like. Just make sure that you introduce all the members of your team. And remember to make a strong case as to why you should have a place at the final. Think of it as an advert for your team, and take the opportunity to state your case.

Written-only entries

If you’re submitting a solely written entry, it should be engaging, interesting, and a maximum of 450 words long – 250 for the first section and 200 for the second. All entries need to be written in English, and checked for spelling and grammar.

For the first section, we’ll be looking for a well researched, well written and creative answer, so dig that bit deeper to find the answers others won’t. To keep things fair, please don’t contact either us or McLaren Honda for any hints or tips - we want to see how good you are at researching on your own. If you do contact us, (or if you go over the word limit) you risk disqualification.

For the second part, be as creative as you like. Just make sure that you introduce all the members of your team. And remember to make a strong case as to why you should have a place at the final. Think of it as an advert for your team, and take the opportunity to state your case.

Submitting your entry

You’ll need to submit your team’s entry by 24 January to be eligible. We can only accept written entries made via our online application and all video entries need to be emailed to graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com.

Along with your entry, on the online application form you’ll also need to provide:

  • Your team name
  • University of study (if team are from different universities, pick one)
  • The name of all team members (minimum 3)
  • Subjects and years of study
  • Primary contact name
  • Primary contact email (must be a university email)
  • Primary contact number

The competition entries will be judged independently, by us, based on the criteria outlined above. Teams selected for the Final will be contacted by email on or before 14 February 2018. We will not contact any unsuccessful teams.

The Final

The Final will be held at Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office on 23 February 2018 – so please make sure that everyone in your team is free on that day before you apply. The main event will be a legal challenge, where your team will have to get your heads around a legal case and then present your advice back to a ‘client’. You’ll have a mentor to help you with the finer points. Norton Rose Fulbright will contact finalists in early December, so make sure you include your contact details in your entry.  

The prizes

The team that comes out on top will win a work experience placement at Norton Rose Fulbright, and the top three teams will all win a trip to the McLaren Honda Technology Centre. The most sporting team on the day will even win McLaren merchandise. 

So, in short, our prizes will give you first-hand experience of life at our practice, and an insight into the work of our clients. And it will hopefully be the first step towards a great, and lasting, partnership with us.

 

Terms and conditions

  • The competition is promoted by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, of 3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AQ (“we” or “us”).
  • You, the Contributor, confirm that you are authorised on behalf of your team to enter this competition and by submitting your entry you are binding you and your team to the competition rules and terms set out on this page. Any reference to “you” in these terms and conditions shall be deemed to be you and any and all members of your team.
  • You agree and confirm that your answer to the Norton Rose Fulbright GP Challenge question that you have uploaded (the Contribution) is your own work and by uploading such content you agree to abide by the competition rules and terms set out on this page.
  • 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 our 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 media channel you must let us know at the time of entry by contacting graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com.
  • 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 we 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.
  • At any time during the Competition, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to disqualify and remove any entrant (and thereby automatically the entrant’s entire team) for any failure to observe these rules and terms or where applicable any other kind of illegal or inappropriate behaviour, including but not limited to (i) where his/her behaviour during the Final or any related activities at any point is disruptive, may cause damage to person, property or the reputation of us or McLaren Honda; and (ii) providing false information.
  • We retain the right to hold void, cancel or amend the competition and/or any prize for any reason, at our sole discretion.
  • The number of teams selected to participate in the Final will be determined by us at our sole discretion.
  • All prizes are non-negotiable and non-transferable. Each member of the first placed team will be awarded a work experience placement at Norton Rose Fulbright, to be held at a time to be determined by us at our sole discretion. Each member of the first, second and third placed team will win a trip to the McLaren Technology Centre, at a time to be determined by us at our sole discretion. The team selected from the random prize draw will win an Amazon voucher totalling £100. We hold no responsibility for apportioning this prize between team members.
  • The winners of the random prize draw will be notified by email on or before 9 December 2016. All other prize winners will be notified in person at the Final on 9 December 2016.
  • We will reimburse you for the cost of all reasonable standard class travel within the UK incurred travelling (i) to and from the Final, (ii) to and from the McLaren Technology Centre, and (iii) to and from our office when undertaking work experience. We will not reimburse you for any other expenses incurred.
  • You consent to us using and processing your personal data for the purpose of publishing, promoting and sharing 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.
  • These rules and terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.