Two Brookes mooting teams will go head-to-head after success in national competitions

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves

Two Oxford Brookes students studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law won a highly prestigious, national mooting competition this week (23 June).

The win means that the pair will now compete against another victorious Oxford Brookes mooting team in the Magna Carta Moot in October.

Mooting is a traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. All students on academic law programmes in the School of Law have the opportunity to participate in mooting competitions both inside and outside the University

To have the Magna Carta Moot between the winners of these two national mooting competitions contested by two Oxford Brookes University teams, is an outstanding achievement and an unprecedented honour.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer Student Experience, Oxford Brookes University

Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves, who are both studying at the Oxford Brookes School of Law, defeated Northumbria University in the Grand Final of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition which took place in the Royal Courts of Justice. The competition was judged by The Hon. Mrs Justice Andrews, Stewart Boyd CBE QC and Martin Griffiths QC of Essex Court Chambers. 

Delighted with their result, Nicole said: “The ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition has provided an excellent experience for both understanding the theoretical and practical components of legal practice. I’m thrilled to win.”

Duncan added: “It’s been a superb opportunity to engage with the academic elements of law and to take on the challenge of presenting these to a judge. I found the whole experience hugely rewarding.”

As a result of winning this competition, Nicole and Duncan have been invited to take part in the Magna Carta Moot which is to be held in the Inner Temple on 26 October 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Nicole and Duncan will take on the winners of this year’s Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition which took place in January, who were another Oxford Brookes mooting team, Jonathan Goddard and Brendan Brett.  Details of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition can be found on the University news pages

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow in the School of Law said: “It is a great achievement that both these prestigious mooting competitions have been won by Oxford Brookes teams, and it is testament to their hard work and skills as future lawyers. 

“To have the Magna Carta Moot between the winners of these two national mooting competitions contested by two Oxford Brookes University teams, is an outstanding achievement and an unprecedented honour.”

Nicole and Duncan were awarded a cash prize of £1,000 each plus another £1,000 for the School of Law which will go towards funding future mooting competitions.