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College students prove their negotiating prowess

15 February 2013 

London Bloomsbury Negotation Competition team

Three teams from The College of Law have powered through to the final of a national competition to find the country’s toughest negotiators.

The teams, from the College’s London Bloomsbury and Guildford centres, beat stiff competition from more than 70 teams from law schools around the country in the regional heats of the Negotiation Competition on Saturday, February 9.

They will now take their places among a total of 12 teams competing in the national final at The College of Law’s York centre on March 23. The teams will be vying to represent England and Wales in The International Negotiation Competition taking place in California in July.

The competition, sponsored by CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) with the support of The College of Law, involves teams of law students going head to head in contests to measure their negotiation skills.

They are tasked with negotiating a transaction or resolving a dispute on behalf of a fictional client and are judged on the outcome of the negotiation, how prepared they are, their flexibility, teamwork, ethics and their relationship with the opposing team.

The four regional heats were hosted by The College of Law in Bristol, York, Chester and Guildford and judges included academic staff from universities taking part, College of Law staff and lawyers from the local area.

In the Chester heat two teams of Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students from the College’s London Bloomsbury centre made it through to the final, coming first and second. A team from the University of Wolverhampton also made it through.

A team of Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students from College’s Guildford centre won through to the finals at the Guildford heat, along with two teams from University of Sussex.

Lesley Hill, Director of The College of Law’s London Bloomsbury centre, said: “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 this skill and we are delighted that three of The College of Law’s teams will be going forward to the finals in York. This result showcases the high standard of skills that students acquire on our College courses.”

The national final was won last year by a team from The College of Law’s York centre. The College of Law is the largest provider of professional legal education and training in Europe and has eight centres across the UK. In November it was awarded university title and will be rebranding as The University of Law early this year.

The College of Law teams through to the Negotiation Competition finals are:

Chester Heat

Jemma Queenborough and Jonathan Hasson, BPTC, London Bloomsbury centre
Tamara Timothy and Katie Longstaff,  BPTC, London Bloomsbury centre

Guildford heat

Alexander Ariel and Thomas Rudrum, GDL, Guildford centre

More information on the Negotiation Competition is available at


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