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Santow Scholarship

The Santow Scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS) for papers on a topic in the field of corporations law. Offered for the first time in 2014, it commemorates the Hon Kim Santow AO, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and prior to that a leading corporations law practitioner at Freehills.

About This scholarship recognises that the Hon Kim Santow AO played a central role in developing and mentoring the careers of many young lawyers and was always concerned to ensure that he gave younger lawyers the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their talents.

Having made his name in corporate law as a partner of Freehills and contributor to academe through both articles and teaching, Kim was only the second solicitor to become a NSW Supreme Court Judge when he was appointed in 1993. He then served on the Court of Appeal from 2002 to 2007. During his distinguished time on the bench, he wrote many of the leading judgments on corporations law matters.

Kim was an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chancellor of University of Sydney from 2001 to 2009 and a visiting scholar at Harvard and Cornell universities and at Lincoln’s Inn in London. Although he had a long list of impressive achievements, he is perhaps best remembered for the combination of his powerful intellect with humanity and generosity of spirit.
 

Santow Scholarship 2019 round

Applications for the scholarship are now open. Submit your application by 5pm, 30 August 2019 AEST
 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted on an official application form. Please submit applications to BLS Administrator, Jessica Morrow via email Jessica.Morrow@lawcouncil.asn.au or phone 02 6246 3737.
 

Previous winners

Maeve McGregor is a lawyer with a background in commercial and property law and previously served as tipstaff (judge’s associate) in the New South Wales Court of Appeal. She holds first class honours degrees in Arts and Law and was the recipient of several academic prizes across her degrees. Maeve was awarded the 2017 Santow Scholarship for her paper ‘Stepping-Stone Liability and the Directors’ Statutory Duty of Care and Diligence’, which examines the validity of recent scholarship concerning the Court’s seemingly novel approach to director liability in circumstances where the director is found to have caused or allowed the company to contravene the law. The paper was also submitted as part of Maeve’s coursework for the LL.M she is currently undertaking and has since been accepted for publication in the Company & Securities Law Journal.

Adam Fovent was awarded the 2016 Santow Scholarship for his paper ‘Unreasonable Director-related Transactions: the Long arm of the Liquidator?’ which examines s 588FDA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the potential application of that section in the context of phoenix activity and failed private equity transactions.

James Emmerig was awarded the 2015 Santow Scholarship for his paper on the theoretical efficacy of including a shareholder class action waiver in the constitution of an Australian company.

Ryan Turner was awarded the 2014 Santow Scholarship for his paper comparing the risk to parent companies of tortious liability for the activities of their subsidiaries under Australian law and English law. His paper has since been published in the Company & Securities Law Journal as 'Revisiting the Direct Liability of Parent Entities following Chandler v Cape plc'.

 

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