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Appleby boost: pictured, from left, are Monica Kelly, Matthew Smith, Zantae Dill, Robyn Meredith, Ashley Bento, and Kaisha Wilson (Photograph supplied)

Ashley Bento and Monica Kelly are the two recipients of Appleby’s 2018 Legal Education Awards.

The two Bermudian law students will begin their two-year training contracts with Appleby in 2019.

Four other students were Legal Education Bursary recipients, who will receive a summer internship opportunity at Appleby.

Ms Bento is a graduate from the University of Greenwich, a law student at Appleby from June 2018, who starts her LPC at BPP University in September.

Ms Kelly is a graduate from the University of Kent, a law student at Appleby since June 2016 and an intern at Appleby since October 2017. She starts her LPC at the University of Law in October.

Ms Bento said: “I am extremely grateful to Appleby for choosing me as one of their recipients for the Legal Education Award this year as it assists me in taking my next step to becoming a lawyer. I worked with Appleby’s corporate team this summer and I enjoyed being able to work alongside them as they encouraged and challenged me consistently with the tasks I was given.”

Monica said: “I am honoured and grateful to receive Appleby’s Legal Education Award. I have been privileged to work with Appleby as a law student and as a legal intern, and I look forward to starting my legal career as a pupil with Appleby in the near future.”

For the last 40 years, the partners of Appleby have provided awards and bursaries to qualified Bermudian applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence within the legal field, community outreach and extracurricular activities.

Recipients of the Legal Education Bursary are:

• Kaisha Wilson: studying at De Montfort University, going into her third and final year.

• Matthew Smith: graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in 2017 with an MSci in chemistry and will be attending City, University of London to read for a graduate diploma in law with the intent to sit the LPC.

• Robyn Meredith: studying at the University of Bristol, going into her third and final year

• Zantae Dill: studying at the University of the West of England, going into her third and final year.

Nevine Lewis, chairwoman of the Appleby Mentoring Committee, said: “This year’s contingents possess all the qualities and characteristics we look for in students or graduates during their pursuit in legal studies.

“Appleby is committed to developing Bermudian students and see that they have the tools necessary to reach their full potential within the legal profession. I have had the pleasure of seeing students go on to become associates and partners, which is the objective of our programme.”

Helping hand: Appleby partner Tammy Richardson-Augustus, centre, pictured with Appleby Legal Education Awards recipients Ashley Bento, left, and Monica Kelly (Photograph supplied)