Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is a valuable opportunity to test your advocacy skills, learn from the questioning of judges and to hear other students debate and reason.
Many congratulations to the School of Law mooting team of J Ockenden and Robert Watt, who have won the ESU-ECC National Mooting Competition, defeating the University of Cambridge in the Grand Final which was held in the Supreme Court. This is the fifth time since 2012 that Oxford Brookes has won this highly prestigious national competition.
J and Robert will now represent the university in the Magna Carta Moot, an annual invitation event between the winners of the ESU-ECC National Mooting Competition and the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition. This year, for the second time, Oxford Brookes has won both competitions in the same year, with Robert making mooting history by featuring in both winning teams.
The mooting team of J Ockenden and Robert Watt have reached Finals Day on 13 July, where they will face King's College, London in the Semi Finals at the headquarters of the English Speaking Union in London. If they win their Semi Final, they will face either Queen's University, Belfast, or the University of Cambridge in the Grand Final, which is taking place that evening in the Supreme Court before Lady Justice Andrews, Mrs Justice Cockerill, and Mr Justice Bryan. Oxford Brookes has won this competition four times in the last 10 years.
In January the mooting team of Felix Levay and Robert Watt won the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity
As winners of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity
Matthew Johnson has been crowned overall winner of Heat A of the National Speed Mooting Competition, coming first out of 80 LLB and GDL students from across the country. The Grand Final is on 18 July, where Matthew will face the winner of Heat B of the competition.
Felix Levay and J Ockenden won this mooting competition at the end of June. 32 teams made it through to the oral rounds, which involved five rounds across two days. The final was held at LSE's moot court, and was judged by Master Victoria McCloud, Sarah Hannett QC, John McKendrick QC and Marcia Willis Stewart QC.
Robert Watt and Josh Gibson reached the grand final of the Landmark Chambers Judicial Review Moot Competition, which was held at the Royal Courts of Justice before Lord Carnwath and David Elvin QC, with Robert Watt emerging as one of the winning mooters.