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Tax Problem Question Competition 2021/22

First Prize – £750 and a mini-pupillage

Runner-up prizes of up to £500 at judges’ discretion

Students are invited to submit an answer to this year’s problem question by 31 January 2022 at 5pm. The question can be found here. No previous knowledge of the subject area is required and entrants are required only to read the one case referred to in the problem question. Answers may be up to 1000 words (including footnotes) and conciseness is encouraged.

Entrants must be studying at a UK university/college or have completed their studies at a UK university/college within the past three years (applicants do not necessarily need to have been studying law) but must not have commenced a training contract or pupillage (including the equivalent in another jurisdiction). Each entry should be the work of a single author (so no joint entries are allowed).

Answers should be sent to competitions@pumptax.com in Microsoft Word format. The covering email should state the entrant’s full name, present (or most recent) university/college and contact details (judging is anonymous so please do not include your name in the essay itself). All submissions will be acknowledged.”


2021 Competition

The 2021 competition attracted 71 entries and the following prizes were awarded:

Winner (£750 and a mini-pupillage if desired): Polina Sokolovska
Second place (£150): Tom Williamson
Joint third place (£100 each): Louis Triggs & Matthew Innes
Commended 5th, 6th and 7th (£50 each): Afreen Abedin, Sfiso Benard Nxumalo & John Yao Wen Yap

2020 Competition

The 2020 competition attracted 79 entries and the following prizes were awarded:

Winner (£750 and a mini-pupillage if desired): Charles Jenkinson
Second place (£200): Constantine Freer
Joint third place (£150 each): Ruilin Fang and Carola Binney
Commended: Michael Fork Chun Shin, Bhaskar Harish Sai, Harry Bithell, Sam Glover, Kee zher