Northam student makes town proud with acceptance into Oxford

Proud family: Charles Dallimore, centre, with grandparents Hazel and Eric Dallimore at the Supreme Court Gardens in Perth. Photo: Supplied.

Proud family: Charles Dallimore, centre, with grandparents Hazel and Eric Dallimore at the Supreme Court Gardens in Perth. Photo: Supplied.

A Northam born and raised lawyer has been accepted into one of the most prestigious universities in the world to further his studies.

Charles Dallimore has been accepted to study the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom - beginning his studies in October this year.

The university accepts 90 students a year from around the world into the competitive post-graduate course.

The son of local business owners Garry and Lorraine Dallimore spent his younger schooling years in Northam attending both Northam Primary School and Northam Senior High School.

Upon reaching his upper high school years, the then teenager asked his parents if he could continue his schooling in Perth to broaden his subject selection options and further his aspiration to study law.

His mother Lorraine said Charles has always had his heart set on becoming a lawyer.

"When he was in Pre-Primary he would dress up and pretend to be a lawyer despite no one in the family having that profession," she said.

Lorraine said the level of education her eldest of three sons received in Northam was a great foundation for his success.

"His teachers always had faith in him," she said.

In Charles' year 7 report from Northam Primary School his teacher Debbie Butler described him as 'maintaining his level of achievement in all learning areas throughout the year'.

"However, there is a huge potential lying untapped which will produce amazing results once it is unleashed on the world," the school report read.

In year 12 Charles was awarded Dux of Wesley College for his English and History subjects.

After high school he completed a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours at the University of Western Australia and has worked as an associate to a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, as a lawyer for a large international law firm and as a tutor to law students at UWA.

Lorraine said when she found out the news she was overcome with emotion.

"Charles applied for both Oxford and Cambridge because he didn't think he was good enough for Oxford," she said.

"It has always been his dream and it turns out he got accepted to both universities.

"I cried when he got the email saying he had been selected."

Charles, now 28, said once he has completed his 10-months of study at Oxford he hopes to return to Perth to continue practicing as a commercial lawyer advising on dispute resolution.