A team from The College of Law in Bloomsbury has taken top prize in this year’s National Mediation Competition.
The team made up of Senior Lecturer David Cusick and three former students from last year’s Bar Vocational Course; Amy Perkins, Corey Francis and Nicola Campbell-Clause triumphed over 12 other teams from around the UK and overseas.
The two-day event was hosted by Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Law at the weekend (November 27 – 28). The teams were faced with three different scenarios, which tested their mediation and teamwork skills.
Francis, Amy Perkins, Nicola Campbell-Clause and David Cusick.
As well as contributing to the College team’s overall success Amy Perkins also came third in the individual category out of nearly 40 students.
She said: “The competition was a great opportunity to practise our mediation, get feedback and ideas from other institutions and meet other students. We were obviously delighted to win. It was a fun weekend and thanks to LJMU for organising it. We're now looking forward to the International Mediation Competition in 2011.”
Amy began her pupillage two months ago at 1 Hare Court, a family law set in Temple, London, and hopes to achieve tenancy and a successful career at the Bar.
Another team member Corey Francis said: “The competition was a very worthwhile and useful experience. It was certainly intellectually and emotionally draining conducting mediations over the course of the weekend, but immensely satisfying to win.” Corey, currently working for LexisNexis and interning at a music, sports and entertainment company in Canary Wharf, will be applying for pupillage in the next portal and is hoping to break into the sports and entertainment areas of law. Nicola Campbell-Clause is also working for LexisNexis as a legal editor and is due to start her pupillage at Hailsham Chambers in Temple next October.
The fourth team member, College of Law Senior Lecturer David Cusick said: “All future lawyers wishing to undertake non criminal work need to have the opportunity to practice the skills of mediation. On behalf of all the competitors I would like to thank LJMU for hosting this event, which has allowed students from the UK and around the world to practice their skills and receive invaluable feedback from law lecturers and practitioners.
“I feel the result justly reflects the commitment of The College of Law’s Bar Professional Training Course tutors to providing students with the highest quality of teaching. Our team demonstrated a very high level of skill and a clear understanding of the need for team work. Congratulations to them all, they should be proud of this achievement.”