The ILA Debbie Phillips Bursary for Insolvency Law

The ILA Debbie Phillips Bursary for Insolvency Law


Debbie Phillips was a talented lawyer who received a first class honours degree at Bristol and subsequently spent six years as an associate solicitor. She was the spouse of Mark Phillips QC.  Mark was the very first member of the bar who held office as ILA President. Debbie, in her own right, and through Mark, was known to very many of those in the legal profession and, in particular, the insolvency world.

One of the long standing objectives of the ILA Council has been to find ways to encourage lawyers to practice or study insolvency law. The Council has decided as a lasting memorial to Debbie Phillips to establish a discretionary bursary. The inspiration for the bursary is to recognise an individual or individuals who have had to battle adversity to achieve their goals, in recognition of the great spirit with which Debbie, with the support of her family and Mark in particular, battled her illness.


The Bursary will be a single award payable to a young lawyer (either student: undergraduate or post graduate, trainee, pupil, junior solicitor or junior barrister) who has had to cope with or overcome adversity. The Bursary may be awarded at the discretion of the ILA Council on an annual basis and could be repeated for the same individual but is likely to be a single award. It is not necessarily the case that an award will be made every year: it will depend upon the eligibility of applicants from year to year.

Criteria for applying

The Bursary is intended is provide assistance to someone who is coping with or has had to overcome adversity or personal hardship in pursuing their study or training in insolvency. "Adversity or personal hardship" can mean many things including for example those battling or who have recovered from serious illness, disability, bereavement or personal or financial misfortune.  It would extend to any individual whose circumstances merited consideration.

It is likely that an applicant will be of limited means, although this is not necessarily a fundamental requirement for eligibility. This would be a matter for the discretion of the Council in determining an award.

Involvement in the Law

A successful applicant will have demonstrated some active interest or aspiration to study or practice insolvency law.


The Bursary will be £10,000.

How to apply

Applications should be made on the Application Form which can be downloaded here which should be completed and emailed by clicking here. All applications to be submitted by 30 June each year.

Announcement of successful applicant

The successful applicant will be announced to members at the end of September each year.

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