Debt Recovery prize awarded to winning student, Joanne Hannington

The Stephen Morris Prize for the student to gain the highest marks in CILEx Law School’s Certificate in Debt Recovery course during 2008 was awarded to Joanne Hannington at a ceremony in the Law Society on Thursday 5 February 2009.The prize, to the value of £200, is awarded by the Civil Courts Users Association (CCUA). It was presented to Joanne by Mrs Debbie Morris, widow of former CCUA council member Stephen Morris, in whose name the prize is given, and by Brian Havercroft, the Chair of the CCUA.

Joanne works part-time at McCabe Ford Williams, an accountancy firm in Herne Bay, Kent, as well as being a mother-of-two and holding down another part-time job. Joanne’s boss at McCabe Ford Williams, David Cork, was at the Law Society to watch Joanne receive her prize.

The CCUA has confirmed that the Stephen Morris Prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest marks in 2009 on the CILEx Law School Specialist Course in Insolvency and Debt Recovery, which replaces the Certificate in Debt Recovery course. The new course has been developed in collaboration with, and is endorsed by, the CCUA. The prize will be £150 with a special bonus of £50 if the student’s employer is a member of the CCUA.

Announcing the prize, Brian Havercroft commented:

‘In these increasingly busy times for the Civil Courts we anticipate that many law firms and credit organisations will recruit new staff to service their debt recovery actions. The CCUA thoroughly endorses the new CILEx Law School Specialist Course in Insolvency and Debt Recovery for new support staff and those seeking to refresh their knowledge of this type of action.’

Joanne has been spurred on by winning the prize: “I’m going to carry on with my studies as it certainly has given me a boost.”

Good luck to this year’s students! We’ll announce the next prize winner in January 2010.