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Dual criminal advocacy success

Thursday, 05 April 2018

Dual Criminal Advocacy Success

Two teams from the Oxford Brookes Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme have been victorious in the opening round of a national criminal advocacy competition.

The School of Law entered two teams into the UH/Blackstone National Criminal Advocacy Competition 2018, and so far both teams have emerged victorious. In the same week that the ‘A’ team of Alice Aubrey-Fletcher and Dana Bilan successfully beat the University of Lincoln, the ‘B’ team of Bramble Badenach-Nicolson and Carola Binney successfully beat the University of Exeter. Both teams will now compete in the second round of the competition which will take place in May.

The UH/Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition was founded by the Hertfordshire Law School. It involves students undertaking a series of mock trials and pre-trial applications such as those relating to bail and character.

Advocacy competitions differ from traditional mooting as they take the form of a full criminal trial, including opening and closing speeches and the cross-examination of witnesses (role-playing actors).

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and joint team coach, commented: “competing in advocacy competitions greatly enhances student employability. We are extremely fortunate to have Richard Benson QC, a highly experienced criminal barrister and judge, as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Law, and our student teams have gained enormously from his advice, coaching and support.

The School of Law regularly enters its students into mooting and advocacy competitions as part of its range of co-curricular activities aimed to promote graduate employability.

Pictured: Alice Aubrey-Fletcher (seated) and Dana Bilan (standing)