• College of Law Wins Competition to Find Country's Top Student Negotiators

    31 March 2009


    A team of student barristers from The College of Law has taken first place in a prestigious national competition to find the country’s toughest student negotiators.

    Charlotte Whitehorn and Charles Shoebridge, currently undertaking the Bar Vocational Course at the London Bloomsbury branch, beat stiff competition from law schools around the country to win the national final of The Negotiation Competition.

    Winners of The Negotiation Competition, Charlotte Whitehorn and Charles Shoebridge from The College of Law, arriving at Liverpool John Moores University before the contest.

    Winners of The Negotiation Competition, Charlotte Whitehorn and Charles Shoebridge from The College of Law, arriving at Liverpool John Moores University before the contest.

    They will now represent England and Wales and The College of Law in The International Negotiation Competition to be held in July in Chicago.

    Charlotte said: "We're both surprised and elated to have won this fantastic competition, and our congratulations go to all those who participated in making it possible. We're very much looking forward to representing both country and College at the international final."

    Charles added: "We're really grateful for the opportunities the competition provided in terms of improving our abilities, making new contacts and having a lot of fun too! Although involving considerable hard work, our experience of taking part was overwhelmingly positive, and one we'd recommend to anyone embarking upon a legal career."

    The competition, sponsored by CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) and open to every undergraduate and postgraduate law school in England and Wales, pitched students in teams of two in contests to measure their negotiation skills.

    After successfully battling against the more than one hundred students from around the country who took part in the regional heats, five teams from The College of Law powered their way through to the national final held at Liverpool John Moores University on Saturday (March 28).

    The 12 teams in the final were tasked with making deals and resolving disputes on behalf of fictional clients during the course of three negotiations. They were judged by legal practitioners and academics on the outcome of the negotiation, their preparation, flexibility, teamwork, ethics and relationship with the opposing team.

    Richard de Friend, Bloomsbury Regional Director of The College of Law, said: “This is fantastic news and I’d like to congratulate Charlotte and Charles for their stellar performance. It is very important in today's global market that would-be lawyers have the know-how and skill-set to negotiate effectively across contexts, cultures and national boundaries.

    “The Negotiation Competition is an excellent forum for profiling these abilities and this result showcases the high standard of skills that students acquire on our College courses. It is a great credit to the College that five of our teams got through to the final.”

    For more information about the Negotiation Competition visit: cedr.com/skills/competition/

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).