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Leeds-based boutique law firm 3volution has given a £1,000 prize to baby products inventor Lee Cowan.

One of 3volution’s intellectual property specialists, Sara Ludlam, presented Lee with the legal services prize at a recent awards ceremony.

Sandslider, a pram accessory, was invented by Bromsgrove Tennis coach Cowan and his co-director Dean Mortimer, after Cowan watched parents struggle with prams on the beach in Gran Canaria.

Commenting on the prize, Ludlam said: “Lee’s Sandslider innovation is fantastic. He’s come up with a very clever solution to the almost impossible challenge lots of us have trying to get buggies across uneven ground like sandy or pebbly beaches. It’s even more remarkable when you consider Lee isn’t even a parent himself yet!”

“The legal services we will be providing as part of the prize will help with setting up international licensing and distribution agreements. Lee’s invention was the out and out winner and you can see why when you consider all the different applications it has such as enabling prams to be safely conveyed across sand, snow, gravel, muddy grass and campsites and its brilliant simplicity.”

“We had an amazing launch and the feedback towards Sandslider was overwhelming,” added Cowan. “We had lots of interest from leading market retailers, baby industry companies, various travel and baby magazines and everyone loved the ethical considerations of our brand.”

“It’s crucial that we maximise the potential of all the hard work we’ve invested in developing the product so far and we’re so pleased that Sara and the team at 3volution will be on hand to ensure we get all the right legal protection in place.”

Sandsliders award

Pictured: Lee Cowan and Sara Ludlam