• University of Law team takes top spot in National Mooting Competition

    26 March 2014

    A team of students from The University of Law’s Bloomsbury centre has demonstrated their ability to argue compellingly and think on their feet by winning a national mooting competition.

    Gus Baker and Bethan Hall, part time students on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) postgraduate law conversion course, have taken first place in the Annual Mooting Competition, run by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR).

    The pair battled through four tough rounds of challenging legal argument to get through to the final, beating teams from City University London, the University of Cambridge, The Open University and the University of Oxford.

    They were crowned the winners following a tense final against the University of Strathclyde at The Law Society in London on Monday (March 24).

    Gus Baker and Bethan Hall are presented with the ICLR’s Annual Mooting Competition Shield.
    Gus Baker and Bethan Hall are presented with the ICLR’s Annual Mooting Competition Shield.

    ICLR is the authorised publisher of The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England and Wales. Its Annual Mooting Competition is open to all undergraduate and GDL law students affiliated to a university law college in England and Wales. 

    The main objective is to develop the advocacy skills of future practitioners by encouraging the use of case law by students within a courtroom environment. Mooting 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.

    Louise Mawer, Operations Manager at The University of Law Bloomsbury, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Gus and Bethan. The University of Law encourages students to develop their professional, cognitive and practical skills through extra-curricular activities such as mooting.  As part-time GDL students, Gus and Bethan have to manage their studies alongside work and other commitments. That they have been able to find the time and energy to work their way to the ICLR moot final, and win over strong competition, is a real testament to their determination and ability.”

    Bethan has an undergraduate degree in Politics and Philosophy from Bristol University and is juggling her legal studies with a career as a head hunter, specialising in corporate risk and strategy in the German market. She hopes to become a barrister.

    She said: “I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are thrilled. The competition was indeed a challenge and we have been up against the strongest teams. Gus and I are a great team, having met at Bristol University, and this helped us push each other and win. In terms of legal skills, the competition was invaluable. Learning how to guide someone and express a complex idea in a simple way is a surprisingly difficult and incredibly valuable skill to learn. Speaking as someone who was terrified of public speaking a year ago, a mooting competition is a fantastic way to get over that and learn to guide a judge and discuss legal points.”

    Gus and Bethan have won one year’s complimentary subscription to the ICLR Online service, giving access to the official series of Law Reports cited in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. They will also have their names inscribed on the Annual Mooting Competition Shield. 

    For further information please contact:

    Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law 
    Telephone: 01483 216072 
    Email: lucy.wray@law.ac.uk 

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