Western Law student paper wins Insolvency Institute prize

Recent Western Law graduates Ryan Baulke '13 and Lee Nicholson '13 have been awarded first place in the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC) 2013 Law Student Writing Awards competition. They received the honour for their co-authored paper “The Treatment of Third Party Indemnity Claims in Canadian Restructurings”.

Baulke and Nicholson will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to attend the Institute’s annual conference held in November in Palm Springs, California. 

Professor Richard McLaren was the faculty advisor to the students.  “They are both outstanding students and we are all very proud of this achievement,” says McLaren. “It’s a real tribute to their skill and to the quality of our insolvency and bankruptcy program here at Western Law.”

Both Nicholson and Baulke are doing their articles in the area of insolvency, at Goodmans LLP and Thornton Grout Finnigan (TGF) respectively.

The annual competition, open to all law students in Canada, gives students the opportunity to research insolvency issues, develop ideas, and bring proposals for reform to the attention of the business and legal community.

The purpose of the IIC Law Student Writing Awards Program is to stimulate interest among law students in the research and development of papers based on corporate insolvency and restructuring topics and to recognize outstanding achievement in this endeavour.