Two ANU College of Law students awarded Inaugural London Scholarships

Prashant Kelshiker and Sonali Fernando
ANU College of Law students Prashant Kelshiker and Sonali Fernando have been awarded the inaugural scholarships to undertake an internship in a London legal firm or barrister chambers.

Thank you to the ANU London Legal Committee for organising this opportunity and for your generosity and willingness to provide such a unique experience.

Two students from the ANU College of Law, Prashant Kelshiker and Sonali Fernando, have been awarded the inaugural scholarships to undertake an internship in a London legal firm or barrister chambers over the Australian summer. The scholarships are unique to ANU Law, made possible by vision of ANU law alumni working in London.

Prashant, born and bred in Canberra, is in his final year of Law and International Relations and will undertake his internship with Phillip Coppel QC (BA (Hons) ’82, LLB (Hons) ’84), a barrister at chambers in Gray’s Inn. He is particularly excited to share his experience with his grandfather when he returns, who travelled to London to study law in the 1950s, eventually working as a barrister in Uganda.

Prashant is interested in the way different countries practice law and previously participated in the ANU Law - Alabama Joint Summer Program - a five week intensive course at the University of Alabama. He is looking forward to working with such an experienced and distinguished barrister, “It will be really good to immerse myself in the practice of law,” said Prashant.

Sonali, originally from Perth, will undertake her internship at Latham & Watkins LLP under the guidance of Tom Evans (BA ’02, LLB ’02), a Partner specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions. This is Sonali’s first opportunity to travel to London and is “looking forward a very real-world experience”. As part of her internship she will sit within the Corporate Department and be exposed to Mergers & Acquisitions work and Equity Capital Markets work – an experience particularly relevant to her Law and Commerce degree.

The Scholarship for a London Legal Internship was developed by the ANU London Legal Committee, based on their experiences as Australians practising law in London and to assist ANU Law students acquire the skills and experience needed in an increasingly globalised field.

“Thank you to the London Committee for organising this opportunity and for your generosity and willingness to provide such a unique experience,” said Prashant. Both he and Sonali look forward to sharing their in London with staff and students at the College and apply some of their findings into their Honours thesis.

The Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the Law School was extremely proud of its alumni community and their willingness to give back and continue to enrich the student experience.

“ANU Law alumni are recognised leaders across a diverse range of sectors and make significant contributions in Australia and overseas. Whilst ANU Law students learn from some of Australia’s leading legal experts, we are proud to involve alumni in our learning environment and be able to offer this truly unique opportunity for students. I thank our alumni for their generous support and vision.”

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team