Slynn Foundation Fellowships

The Foundation believes that one of the ways to achieve lasting change and build fruitful reciprocal relationships in a wide range of countries is to work with young lawyers. The Foundation’s experience has been that a small number of able, well trained individuals can have an enormous impact in countries which are trying to implement legal reform.

To this end, the Slynn Foundation has developed the Slynn Fellowship which offers a valuable opportunity for young, promising lawyers from those countries in which the Foundation is working, to spend time working in London at leading city firms and barristers’ chambers and sitting with judges.

Each Fellowship lasts for three months.  It is most suitable for a young lawyer or judge who is interested in international practice including commercial law, EU law and practice and/or human rights law and practice.  The Foundation makes use of its many contacts to construct a tailor-made programme for the Fellow, taking account of his or her main interests.

Overall this fellowship offers the opportunity to experience the practice of law in London, to make lasting contacts with London-based lawyers and to experience London life.

To date there have been 17 Slynn Fellows coming from Finland, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania and Bulgaria.

For further information, please contact the Executive Administrator, Ruth Eldon.

Fellowship May – July 2017
This year the Foundation awarded its Fellowship to Ms Dima Alexandrova a lawyer from Bulgaria who has recently completed an LLM degree in Business Law and Dispute Resolution at King`s College London.

In the course of her Fellowship programme, she undertook a marshalling scheme at the Commercial Division of the Royal Courts of Justice, observing trials of Queen`s Bench Division Judges with Sir Robin Knowles, Sir Simon Picken, and His Honour Judge Waksman from the Commercial Division.

She carried out the rest of her Fellowship at Brick Court Chambers, first assisting Mr Daniel Piccinin in a state aid case and she also worked with Mr David Bailey on a competition case he pleaded before the European Court of Justice. She then worked alongside Ms Marie Demetriou QC including attending a trial of hers at the Royal Courts of Justice about the abuse of EU Citizen rights and the problem of rough sleeping in particular.

A brief report of her Fellowship can be found here – Fellow Report 2017

Fellowship September – December 2015
This year the Foundation decided to award its Fellowships to two young lawyers from Ukraine. With the assistance of the Ukrainian Bar Association, who received over 100 applications for the fellowships, the Foundation chose Anna Vlasyuk and Ievgen Levitskyi

Anna Vlasyuk

Anna Vlasyuk

Ievgen Levitskyi

Ievgen Levitskyi

They spent 4 months in London and Birmingham spending time at the Royal Courts of Justice with Slynn Trustees Sir Geoffrey Vos and Sir James Dingemans, with Slynn Trustee Marie Demetriou QC (who once again very kindly organised the whole programme) at Brick Court Chambers and at Hogan Lovells International LLP, Wragg Lawrence Graham & Co LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. The Foundation is very grateful to all those who gave so generously of their time to ensure the success of this valuable programme.

Brief reports of their experience can be found here
Fellow Report 2015 – Anna Vlasyuk


Fellows 2015 Ievgen Levitskyi report

Fellowship April – July 2014

The first of the two 2014 Slynn Foundation Fellows, Ms Manjola Xhaxho, took up her three-month Fellowship in April and has spent week one with Trustee Marie Demetriou QC at Brick Court Chambers. She has a special interest in human rights, having received her LLM in International Human Rights Law at Lund University/Raoul Wallenberg Institute and is spending eight weeks at Bindmans. She will sit with Trustees Sir Geoffrey Vos and Sir James Dingemans and Slynn Foundation President Sir Henry Brooke has arranged a short placement for her at the Supreme Court. Since 1 January 2014, Ms Xhaxho has been Judicial Clerk to the President of the Supreme Court of Albania.

Fellowships April – July 2012

The 2012 Slynn Fellows, Mihailo Pavlovic and Milan Nikolic, arrived from Serbia in mid-September 2012.  Mihailo was an Apprentice-Associate at the Commercial Court and Milan worked for the East West Management Institute on the USAID-funded Separation of Powers Programme. Milan took up a placement for two months at DLA Piper UK LLP.  He then worked with Mr Justice Vos in the High Court and at Brick Court Chambers. Mihailo worked for six weeks at Clyde & Co, two weeks at Clifford Chance and one week with Mr Justice Vos in the High Court. He then spent two weeks at Brick Court Chambers. Their report can be read here.

Fellowships April – July 2011

The ninth and tenth Slynn Fellows for 2011 were Olga Yaniutina and Artur Yalovoy, both from the Ukraine.  Both are Associates with large law firms in Kiev; Olga with Magisters and Artur with Integrites.

Olga spent just under two months at Addleshaw Goddard which is currently involved in work for Ukrainian clients.  She also spend one week at Brick Court Chambers, one week at Littleton Chambers, one week at Fountain Court Chambers and one week marshalling Mr Justice Vos.

Artur spent five weeks at Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge and was also involved in work with a Ukrainian connection, including working on and attending an arbitration for Ukrainian clients.  He also spent a week at Brick Court Chambers, a week at Littleton Chambers and a week marshalling Mr Justice Vos.

Fellowship 2006 – June 2007

The eighth Foundation scholar, Andrius Bambalas, a graduate of the School of Law Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius has had placements with Ashurst, Brick Court Chambers, Clifford Chance, the House of Lords and the Central Criminal Court.

Fellowship October 2005 – December 2005

The seventh Foundation scholar, Ursula Taube, a graduate of Tartu University Law School, Estonia, completed professional placements with Ross & Co, Ashurst and Brick Court Chambers

Fellowship November 2004 – June 2005

The sixth Foundation scholar, Julija Petkevica, a graduate of Riga School of law completed a programme of study and professional placements in Solicitors’ firms, Barristers’ chambers and civil and criminal courts. Ms Petkevica  is currently a Senior at Deloitte Lisbon specialising in European and International Taxation

Fellowship September 2003

The fifth Foundation scholar, Matej Accetto from Slovenia began with placements in Brick Court Chambers and Ashurst Morris Crisp. These were followed by placements in Doughty Street Chambers, and Clifford Chance. He has recently become Professor of Law at Católica Global School of Law in Lisbon.

Fellowship September 2002

Dita Valkova a graduate from Brno took up her Fellowship at the end of September 2002 beginning with a placement at Brick Court Chambers. She was also a marshal at the Central Criminal Court and studied at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Linklaters Alliance and Clifford Chance selected two young lawyers to take part in the first year programme of the Slynn Foundation Communications Fellowships. Adela Klirova from the Prague office of Linklaters has taken studies in a Diploma Course in Telecommunications at Queen Mary College. She was joined by Cecilia Hygebiro from the Budapest office of Clifford Chance. A programme of visits and placements was arranged for these scholars.

Fellowship September 2001

The third Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation with the Curt Engelhorn European Foundation for the Advancement of Medicine Fellowship was awarded to Kasia Czapracka, a lawyer from Poland. She worked with Ashurst, Morris Crisp, and has completed studies with the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. Her programme included placements with Linklaters, Brick Court Chambers and as marshal at the Central Criminal Court and the Central London County Court.

Dr Czarpracka is currently an Associate in the Brussels office of White & Case.

Fellowship September 2000

The second scholar, awarded the Slynn Foundation with the Curt Engelhorn European Foundation for the Advancement of Medicine Fellowship was Adele Koblos from Szeged in Hungary. She spent four weeks with Ashurst Morris Crisp before taking lectures at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. She then had placements in Brick Court Chambers, Linklaters Alliance and as a marshal at the Central Criminal Court and the Central London County Court.

Fellowship September 1998- May 1999

The first Slynn Foundation Fellow Jukka Snell, was from Finland. He is now Professor of European Law at the University of Turku