Teams of aspiring lawyers from The College of Law in Birmingham demonstrated their business acumen by going head to head in the final of the College’s annual business game this week.
More than 160 legal practice and bar vocational students, divided into 22 teams, took part in the competition sponsored by accountancy and business advisory firm Baker Tilly, which involved managing an imaginary office furniture business.
The three top performing teams took their place in the final after weeks of making crucial decisions to boost market share and profitability. The winning team, called ‘X Marks The Spot’, clinched first place after presenting a board report to a panel of judges.
Team member Jay Mehta said: “Participating in the business game was not only enjoyable but also gave us a wonderful opportunity to experience what it's like to run a business as directors of a company. It was highly competitive and sometimes challenging to make snap decisions, which could subsequently cause the company grow or fail. It feels fantastic to be this year's winners."
The winning team in The College of Law’s business game. From left to right: Laura Dwyer, Emily Corfield, Jay Mehta, Lee Kazeem, Katy Slaven and Katherine Burge
The business game helps students learn how businesses operate in a competitive world. They play for three sessions, encountering different business challenges as the game develops, and each team is mentored by volunteers from the local business community. Judges for the final were Bill Longe, Partner with Baker Tilly, Peter Shearer, Director of the Business Partnership Unit at Aston University, and the game’s inventor Christine Elgood of Elgood Effective Learning.
Bernardette Griffin, Centre Director of The College of Law, said: “It is vital for students to demonstrate strong commercial awareness when applying for training contracts with law firms. The business game helps them to hone this knowledge and provides an insight into the business issues facing the legal services industry.”
Bill Longe of Baker Tilly said: “We are delighted to be involved with an initiative which sees College of Law students being offered the opportunity to develop essential business skills. The standard of the competitors this year was very high and I was impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm for the project. It was great to see so many lawyers of the future being given the chance to develop their expertise.”