Internal mooting and interviewing competitions: the results!
15th November 2016
Two internal School of Law competitions took place on Wednesday and Thursday last week as part of the University’s first Your Future Plan Week of the academic year.
Interviewing & Advising
Interviewing and advising is a crucial skill to develop for those hoping to enter legal practice as it is often the foundation on which a client’s matter is built and on which the relationship with a client is built. However, it is not only important to lawyers, the ability to demonstrate interpersonal skills in a professional context is crucial in many careers.
For more on the importance of client interviewing go to: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/how-client-interview-skills-can-raise-the-stakes/5051176.fullarticle
The interviewing and advising competition began with a workshop for competitors on Monday morning. The turn out was excellent and it clearly gave those who took part some helpful tips and strategies as all competitors in the competition proper acquitted themselves admirably.
The competition involved a mock interviewing scenario where students, in pairs, were asked to interview and then advise a client about a contract law issue. All the information that the teams had to work from at the start of the interview was the client’s name and that they were being threatened with legal action for a debt.
After some careful deliberation, judges Catey Thomas and Jonathan Cooper agreed that from twelve teams, the overall winners were Lewis Banks and Charles Allaway, who were especially good in their ability to extract all of the relevant information from the client. In second place were Hayley Morgan and Sian Ford who were very friendly, professional and empathetic throughout the interview. In third place were Kerry Dyer and Victoria Ounsworth who also maintained a professional rapport and friendly tone throughout.
Congratulations go to all competitors who took part; all teams managed to get over their nerves and demonstrated some very good interviewing technique. It was an excellent competition.
The mooting competition took place on Thursday in the mock court room and involved nine teams.
The ability to present persuasive arguments orally is another skill that is crucial in most professional careers and is clearly of central importance for those considering a career as a barrister. Mooting provides a ‘safe’ environment for getting to grips with the conventions and etiquette associated with presenting legal arguments in court. For more information about Mooting go to: http://www.mootingnet.org.uk/
The moot scenario revolved around contract law and the presence (or absence) of consideration for a promise. There were two grounds of appeal from the first instance judge’s decision.
Teams were allocated a role randomly as acting either for the appellant or the respondent in the matter. Within the teams students then allocated themselves a role as either senior or junior counsel and agreed on which grounds of appeal they would be dealing with.
It was really pleasing to see a number of first year students putting themselves forward and there were some really good examples of clear and persuasive arguments being put forward by all. It was also pleasing to see how well students dealt with the (sometimes challenging!) questions posed by the judges.
The winners of the competition were Georgina Taberrer-Catt and Elizabeth Adams, who both presented eloquent and well structured arguments on behalf of the appellant as well as demonstrating excellent court etiquette . In second place were Melanie Dartnall-Smith and Paul Abernathy, who again presented well structured arguments and also demonstrated some good research skills. In third place were Ciranne Barras and Reward Gweshe, who were commended on the clear presentation of their main arguments and the calmness with which those arguments were presented.