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Law School alumni represent the UK in Commonwealth Mooting Competition

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Brookes GDL mooting team

The Oxford Brookes School of Law mooting team represented the UK in the Commonwealth Mooting Competition for the second time in March this year, following in the footsteps of the Oxford Brookes School of Law team which won the Commonwealth Mooting Competition in 2013.

James Fennemore and Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard, both graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Brookes, took part in a number of mooting competitions during their studies at Oxford Brookes. In June 2016 they won the ESU Essex Court National Mooting Competition, leading them to represent the UK in the Commonwealth Mooting Competition which was held in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of March.

The duo were highly commended by the judges throughout the competition, and were unbeaten in the group stage, with victories over New Zealand and India, but under the competition scoring system did not progress to the Semi Finals, with India going through in their place.

James and Jonathan have returned to the UK to complete their Bar Professional Training Courses, and both are due to start pupillage in October 2017. They will also be returning to the School of Law to help coach the next generation of Oxford Brookes Mooters.

"James and Jonathan are an outstanding teamand can be very proud of their achievements in national and international mooting competitions"
Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and University Teaching Fellow

Mooting is the 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 internal mooting competitions, with the winners representing Brookes in national mooting competitions. More information about studying at Law at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Law webpages

 Pictured: James Fennemore (left) and Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard (right) outside the Essex Court Chambers after winning the ESU Essex Court National Mooting Competition. Image courtesy of the English-Speaking Union (ESU)