Revealed: Britain’s most influential law student, as voted for by you

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Hundreds of Legal Cheek readers cast their vote, but who’s nabbed the crown?


Ted Loveday (pictured below) has emerged as the country’s most influential aspiring lawyer, as chosen by you.

The Legal Cheek team shortlisted Britain’s top law students last week, including big name students Ntokozo Qwabe, the ‘Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford’ campaigner, and former X Factor hopeful Garry Caprani.


Readers voted in their hundreds over the weekend, with the loveable University Challenge champion emerging to snatch the title as most influential aspiring lawyer. The future Maitland Chambers pupil barrister captured the hearts of the nation last year when he led Cambridge’s Caius College to victory in the brainy quiz show. As if that wasn’t achievement enough, Loveday can now boast that he secured 109 (18%) of the 612 total votes cast in our survey.

Narrowly missing out on the crown is City University’s Josh Hepple. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) student, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, has been at the forefront of the crusade for equal disability rights, and hopes to forge a career in the competitive human rights law industry. He came in at second place with 86 (14%) of the vote.

In third with 61 votes (10%) is Deon Fang, manager of sassy Oxford University a capella group Out of the Blue. 11 votes behind him is Saffron Sheriff — fitness sensation and the UK’s most followed law student — with 50 votes (8%). Rounding off our top five is Bristol final year and Commonwealth Games medallist Jazmin Sawyers, with 43 votes (7%).

An honourable mention goes to ex-plumber and ‘Student of Law’ David T Wade, who very narrowly missed out on a spot in the prestigious top five.