Students William Hotham and Amy Jackson from The College of Law Birmingham’s Bar Vocational Course (BVC) are celebrating this week after beating off stiff competition from BPP Law School to take first place in the LexisNexis Green Book & BPP National BVC Mooting Competition.
The final of the competition, which took place in London, was judged by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. By the time they reached the final The College of Law Birmingham team had already defeated representatives from Nottingham Law School and BPP Leeds in rounds judged by senior barristers and judges.
The winners were rewarded with a prize of £500 and two years free subscription to the Civil Court Practice 2009, known as the Green Book.
Winners William Hotham and Amy Jackson celebrate their victory
William said of their win: “I am delighted to have won the national competition before one of the country’s most eminent law lords. It was a privilege to have taken part and I am pleased that my skills honed on the Bar Vocational Course have been vindicated in the final. Sarah Cooper who appeared for the College in earlier rounds also shares in our success."
Kate Pamphilon, Senior Developer Civil Litigation for LexisNexis, who watched the final, said: “Amy and William were incredibly exciting to watch in the final of the competition.
They grappled well with their materials and presented a very cohesive argument to Lord Neuberger. Many barristers never have the opportunity to appear before judges of Lord Neuberger’s standing, Amy and William did so with a great deal of confidence which was truly amazing to see at this early stage in their careers at the Bar. A truly stellar performance from the representatives of The College of Law Birmingham."
Anna-Rose Landes, Deputy Director of the BVC at The College of Law Birmingham said: “We are very proud of Amy and William’s success. Their achievement is a reflection, not only of their own hard work and dedication, but also of the support and high quality legal grounding they have been provided with by the staff here at The College of Law."
Mooting tests the advocacy skills of students, who argue a fictitious case and demonstrate use of case law during simulated court proceedings. It demands the ability to think quickly and argue compellingly, and the winner is decided on the merits of how they present their case and apply the law to the particular set of circumstances.
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