• Law students hone their legal skills in mock trial

  • 4 April 2011

  • Fledgling lawyers from The College of Law in Birmingham got a taste of real court life and the chance to sharpen their legal skills when they took part in a mock trial last week.

    Students joined practising barristers and solicitors to play different roles in the event held in the College’s mock court rooms and organised in conjunction with London barristers’ chambers 39 Essex Street and international law firm Irwin Mitchell.

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    Owen Rees, studying the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Birmingham, takes to the witness stand during the mock trial.

    The trial was based on a genuine civil court case of 2007 in which the claimant was suing for damages after suffering injuries when a car travelling on the wrong side of the road collided with her car. In the original case it emerged that the other driver, who died at the scene of the accident, may have been committing suicide.

    Barristers from 39 Essex Street, Charles Cory-Wright QC and Emily Formby, played the roles of defendant counsel and claimant counsel while Philip Edwards, partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, took the part of the judge.

    Bernardette Griffin, Director of The College of Law in Birmingham said: “Mock trials give students an exciting opportunity to consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired on their course in a real court setting, in front of current practitioners. Students get a taste of the immediacy of the action and learn how to think on their feet."

    The College’s Bar students also get the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in a genuine courtroom by taking part in mock trials at Birmingham Crown Court.

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