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The Society of Conservative Lawyers offers a regular scholarship to reward the recipient for assistance given to the Society in its research activities.


The Scholarship is named after the Rt Hon Lord Lyell QC, former Attorney General, Solicitor General and Chairman of the Society. It is funded by a legacy to the Society from Pamela Thomas. Lord Lyell and Pamela Thomas both contributed significantly to making the Society the vibrant organisation it is today and the Society is grateful for their loyalty and commitment.


The scholarship represents an excellent opportunity for a person interested in law and politics to engage with contemporary issues. The Lyell scholar is asked to undertake research of a high quality into pressing issues of law and public policy.


2024 Lyell Scholarship

The Society is pleased to confirm that Shannon Hale has been awarded the 2024 Lyell Scholarship. Shannon is a former Harold G. Fox Scholar at Middle Temple. She has advised judges on the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as Canadian Cabinet ministers in the Harper government. The Society is looking forward to working with Shannon.

William Knatchbull, the Lyell Scholar in 2022, writes of his experiences: 

"The Lyell Scholarship is an almost unique opportunity to investigate areas where law and politics interact and overlap. As the scholar, I contributed to the research activities of the Society’s members and co-authored papers on some of the most topical areas that are currently being discussed in parliamentary committees and chambers. I received generous assistance and guidance from the Chair and Vice-Chair of research and had many opportunities to meet members at the Society’s events from whom I have received valuable advice on legal careers in a wide range of specialisms."

Louis Flood,  Lyell Scholar in 2020, has published several papers on this website – English Votes for English Laws and The Westminster Parliament's response to Covid 19, as well as making valuable contributions to the Society's reports in 2020:

"The Lyell scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a serious interest in law and politics. Throughout my time as the Lyell scholar, I contributed to  research that covered a range of contemporary issues, and also authored published papers. I particularly enjoyed meeting members of the Society, many  of whom kindly reviewed my work and provided invaluable advice for progressing  my legal career."


Oliver Jackson, the Lyell Scholar in 2018, published an in-depth paper titled Heading for the exit: is notice of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Economic Area unnecessary?

“Being the Lyell scholar in 2018 gave me the opportunity to research, write, publish and afterwards argue about the cutting edge legal issues of our time.  Not only was it an eye-opening experience into how law can affect policy and politics, but I also got to know some truly inspiring people and event attend a launch in Parliament for the very paper I had drafted”

To see more previous research by Lyell Scholars please visit our publications page.

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