A University of Dundee law student is today announced as the winner of a writing competition organised by UK and leading Scottish law firm, Brodies LLP, challenging undergraduate law students to share their ideas on how the legal sector should respond to climate change.

Flora Henry, who is in her first-year at the University of Dundee, wrote the winning article in response to the question "How should law firms be responding to the climate emergency?" Her focuses included the need for firms to set ambitious targets and incentives for their people, implementing a top-down structure of individual commitment, and cultivating a climate-conscious culture.

Runner-up prizes were also awarded to Maria Isabel Ayala Gragera from Robert Gordon University, Rachel Lawson, University of Dundee, and Paige Alexander, University of Strathclyde.

Brodies' partner Phil Hunter, who leads the firm's environmental law practice, said: "Our firm and the wider legal sector has an important role to play in responding to climate change, not just in terms of the responsibility that we have in taking steps to minimise and reduce our environmental impact and our own carbon footprints, but also in the role of legal adviser to our clients; supporting them with their net zero ambitions and navigating any challenges that they face along the way.

"The standard of entries for our writing competition was very high and I'd like to congratulate Flora, the runners-up and all the competition entrants for their enlightening, thought-provoking and inspiring views and ideas on how the legal profession should play its part."