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Former Forres Academy student lands prestigious law scholarship

By Ewan Malcolm

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A former Forres Academy student has been named as the third recipient of the Kirk Murdoch Scholarship.

Felix Main
Felix Main

Felix Main (20) is in his third year of studying law at the University of Edinburgh. He follows fellow Edinburgh University student Demi Scorfield and University of Dundee student Emilia Gordon as the latest recipient of the prestigious scholarship.

Felix said: "I’m aware of how great an opportunity this is and I’m honoured to be accepted for the scholarship. The mentoring I have already received from Pinsent Masons, and the support I will benefit from in my final years at university is very welcome, and I am determined to make the most of what is an excellent opportunity to gain summer work experience, and to hopefully secure a traineeship."

The scholarship provides financial support, professional mentoring and a place in leading legal firm Pinsent Masons’ summer vacation programme which could lead to a traineeship.

The scholarship was launched in 2018 in memory of Kirk Murdoch, who was at the time of his death the Chair of Scotland and Northern Ireland for Pinsent Masons.

Katharine Hardie, Chair of Pinsent Masons in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: "Emilia and Demi are making steady progress as they make their way towards a career in law with the assistance of the Kirk Murdoch Scholarship, and Felix will no doubt warmly embrace this chance to follow their lead.

"As a colleague and a friend, I knew Kirk to be a lawyer and a business leader who strongly believed in encouraging and supporting those around him. He would be very pleased that a scholarship in his memory was playing an important role in making a career in the law more accessible to young people from different backgrounds."

The scholarship is supported by The Lawscot Foundation, a charity established by the Law Society of Scotland to help talented students from less advantaged backgrounds access a career in law.

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