Annual Law Bursary awarded to Penrith High student

John Bateman, Aatish Budhwani and Michael Battersby.
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Penrith High School’s Aatish Budhwani has won the long-running Bateman Battersby Law Bursary.

The teenager completed the HSC in 2022 achieving an ATAR of 99.75 and has been admitted to the University of Sydney to study for a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree.

The Bateman Battersby Law Bursary has been awarded since 1990.

It was instigated by the partners of Penrith legal firm Bateman Battersby Lawyers to encourage high school students in the Penrith and Blue Mountains Local Government Areas to undertake legal studies at a tertiary level and to assist them financially in their initial year of legal study.

Many of the previous Bursary winners have achieved great success in practising law in a variety of fields, working in high level management positions in both the private and public sectors and teaching law at universities both in Australia and overseas.

They are all representative of the depth of talent that exists in western Sydney and include:

• Melinda Roylett (1997) formerly the head of Small and Medium Business for PayPal in Europe and currently the Managing Director, Merchant Services, Lloyds Banking Group based in the UK.

• Dr Kristin Van Zwieten (1999) a UNSW Law Medal winner and currently the Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Oxford.

• Jacqueline Edwards (2008) currently the Assistant Parliamentary Counsel at the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office.

• Tom Synott (2011) a Western Sydney University Law medal winner, former Executive Officer at New South Wales Bar Association and currently Privacy Counsel at Cochlear.

As the 33rd winner of the award, Aatish was presented with the Bateman Battersby Bursary trophy and bursary winner’s cheque by firm partners John Bateman and Michael Battersby recently.

Applications for this year’s Bateman Battersby Law Bursary are now open.

Details on how to apply can be found on the firm’s website.

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