Palmers honours outstanding law student

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A student described by her school as “exceptionally able” has had her outstanding academic achievements recognised with an award from Essex-based law firm Palmers.

Riana Van-Smith, a sixth form student at Westcliff High School for Girls, in Southend, was selected to win the Palmers Solicitors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law 2013 after achieving outstanding results in her AS levels and being the highest achieving student in her year in law. She was also cited for having “well developed problem solving skills and the ability to set out a logical argument both on paper and orally”, which her school said made her the ideal candidate to study for a law degree.

Palmers partner Jeremy Sirrell attended a presentation at the school on 14 November, when he presented Riana with an Amazon Kindle and a certificate marking her achievements.

Commenting on the award, Jeremy said: “As a firm, we are committed to supporting and encouraging the outstanding students of today, who could well go on to become the legal leaders of tomorrow.

“Riana has clearly worked extremely hard to achieve such fantastic results, making her a most deserving winner of this award. I would like to wish her all the best in her future studies and career path – I am sure she will accomplish whatever she sets out to do.”

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