Name: Tomos Rees

College: St Peter’s College

Scholarship: 4 New Square Chambers Scholarship


I studied law at Oxford as an undergraduate, before working as an editor (subsequently senior editor) of the official law reports of the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar. In addition, I’ve undertaken pro bono advocacy work as well as paralegal work on more complex cases.

What are your career ambitions?

I hope to have a career at the Bar, at a chancery or commercial set.

Is life in Oxford different to what you expected it to be?

When I first arrived for my undergraduate degree, I don’t think I’d realised the high standard that is set for students. I think I became used to that fairly quickly because my tutors were happy to help as long you put the work in!

What aspects of your law degree have proved to be the most useful in your career so far?

The legal analysis skills: the ability to digest a case or area of law quickly as well as the “feel” for how English law works and what the answer to a problem might be.

What do you hope to achieve whilst studying law in Oxford?

A deeper understanding of some of the areas I’ve come across through my work (e.g. insolvency) as well as building relationships with those on the course.

What have you found most rewarding about your programme so far?

The other people on the course, who are engaged, passionate, intelligent and ambitious.​

Through the generosity of 4 New Square chambers, this scholarship is worth £10,000 and is awarded annually to a BCL student (UK, EU or overseas) with an interest in proceeding to the bar.