A fourth year law student at Strathclyde University has won a three week paid work placement with the Scottish Parliament’s Legal Services team and a £500 cash prize in a competition run jointly by the Parliament and the Law Society of Scotland.

Sheryl Dempster was chosen for her entry in the competition, which asked students to consider "What piece of legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in its first 20 years do you think is the most significant for Scotland and how does this make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland?"

Ms Dempster chose to write on the Historic Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Act 2018, which provides for an automatic pardon for men convicted under now-repealed laws criminalising certain sexual activity between men.