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Bristol lawyer left paralyzed by car crash wins Bristol Law Society award

A lawyer who was paralyzed from the neck down following a car accident has been recognized at the Bristol Law Society Awards.

Eight years after the crash, Rob Camm’s extraordinary determination and mental resilience enabled him to qualify as a barrister in April this year.

And now, just six months later, Rob, a partner at international law firm Osborne Clarke in Bristol, has been named Law Student of the Year at the 2022 Bristol Law Society Awards at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre.

Rob has a shared role between Osborne Clarke’s competition and transformation teams, combining support on chargeable competition law issues with expertise, training and writing client articles on competition law. competition and digitalisation developments.

As a member of the firm’s Mind and Body Network Committee, Rob also advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities, long-term health issues, those who are neurodiverse, and those who support mental health and well-being.

Alongside his work at Osborne Clarke, Rob is committed to advocating for others, regardless of background or ability. As a committee member of the Law Society’s Disabled Lawyers Division, Rob played an important role in the Rise Scheme project, where he shared his personal experience of undertaking a part-time training contract with large firms. interested and encouraged students to join this innovative initiative.

Rob is also the head coach of Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby Club and an ambassador for SpecialEffect, the charity that provided the eye-controlled computer technology that helped him achieve his goals.

Lara Burch, Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office manager, said: “Congratulations to Rob – this award is well deserved. Rob is an inspiring and humble colleague who demonstrates initiative and insight in all of his endeavours. I look forward to seeing his progress within the company.