Law graduate heads back to UK to work in chambers

Prashant Kelshiker

The law school has really great teachers and it’s helpful that the program ensures you develop skills, not just knowledge.

ANU Law graduate Prashant Kelshiker has turned his London legal internship into a working trip to the UK for the rest of the year, after he was invited back to work in the Cornerstone Barristers chambers.

Prashant was one of two students to complete the inaugural ANU College of Law internship to London, spending his 12 week internship with Phillip Coppel QC (BA (Hons) ’82, LLB (Hons) ’84) and assisting other counsel in the chambers.

Prashant is about to undertake the ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) which begins with the four-day intensive Becoming a Practitioner course and then can be completed online over the course of six months. The GDLP, will enable him to apply to be admitted to practise law when he returns to Australia.

He said he was looking forward to returning to the chambers where he will continue work on one of the cases he researched during his internship.

“Some of the cases I worked on concerned the implantation of a new licensing regime for the wholesale supply of alcohol in the United Kingdom. Since I’ve come back to Canberra, our appeal to the Court of Appeal has been successful. We were up against the Treasury Devil (the UK equivalent of the Solicitor General & the Barrister who ran the Brexit case for the UK Government) and now both sides have sought permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.”

 Prashant said that studying law at ANU gave him the skills he needs to think critically across a range of subject matters.

“The law school has really great teachers and it’s helpful that the program ensures you develop skills, not just knowledge. This meant I was able to adjust to English law without much difficulty.” he said.

“I remember that when I studied Administrative Law, it was the first time that I really understood the fundamentals of legal method. Then subjects like Constitutional Law, Equity, Restitution and Conflict of Laws helped me discover the disciplines that really interest me.”

Prashant plans to stay in London until the end of the year, then hopes to join a firm in Australia.

He said he would like to intermittently return to London to work and maintain the skills he has gained working in a common law jurisdiction with strong connections to Europe which operates under a different legal system.

“It took me a while to learn how to think about Europe and consider European Law. It was the first case where I felt I needed to learn a new language and set of skills. It was a good challenge.” Prashant said.

Prashant said he was grateful to have been one of the first students to receive the London legal internship and hoped to see it become a flagship scholarship for the ANU College of Law.

“It was an incredible experience and I’m really grateful to the donors for making it available,” Prashant said.

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