Dual criminal advocacy success
Thursday, 05 April 2018
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.
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.
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
of Law regularly enters its students into mooting and advocacy competitions
as part of its range of co-curricular activities aimed to promote graduate
Aubrey-Fletcher (seated) and Dana Bilan (standing)