A FORMER head boy at a Uttoxeter high school has been awarded a prestigious travelling fellowship for his legal research.
Jack Bradley-Seddon, who was head boy during his time at Thomas Alleyne's High School, was awarded a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
The Oxford University graduate, who will start work with a top law firm in London in February 2014, spent two weeks in the USA and three weeks in Australia funded by the scheme, to carry out his research project on international law firms.
He met lawyers from across the globe and explored how firms allocated money for their pro bono schemes.
His work will be published online at www.wcmt.org.uk in the near future.
Mr Bradley-Seddon said on his adventure: "It has been a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone.
"The opportunity to travel to such far flung places was amazing
"I’ve made lots of interesting findings and now it’s just a case of sitting down and writing it all down in an accessible format for the report.
"The beauty of the fellowship scheme is that anyone can apply for one from any walk of life.
"It's a competitive scheme and they do receive many applications every year.
"I am happy to answer any questions from people interested – feel free to get in contact on 01335 330041 or 07815 607556."
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was set up to honour the memory of the great Prime Minister, and awards a number of travelling grants every year to people from the UK for socially beneficial research abroad.
There were a number of categories available, but Mr Bradley-Seddon was awarded the Business in Society category, as he studied large corporate law firms.
He found that some law firms set pro bono targets, some lawyers have to do a certain number of pro bono hours to be eligible for their bonuses and that different types of pro bono work were prioritised depending on how socially beneficial they were.
He then looked in more depth to where firms should be focussing their money for pro bono schemes.
Pro bono legal schemes include the provision of free legal advice to the homeless and unemployed, intellectual property disputes for not-for-profit organisations and corporate social responsibility.