On Monday, 4 January, the team from Queen Mary, University of London, was judged the winners at the finals of the 48th English-Speaking Union – Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, held online this year. The competition challenges participants to demonstrate their advocacy and legal reasoning skills in a simulation of an authentic court hearing.
Queen Mary beat the mooters from the University of Hull, which had themselves beaten a team from the University of Salford in the semi-finals. Mooters from the University of Kent made up the fourth team in the semi-finals.
The final was judged by the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Rt. Hon. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Geraldine Andrews and The Hon. Mr Justice Simon Bryan. As with previous years, the winners received a prize of £1,000 each and will go on to represent the UK in the Commonwealth Mooting Competition. Their names will be engraved on the Silver Mace displayed at Dartmouth House and their university also receives a donation of £1,000.
Prizes were generously donated by Essex Court Chambers and the competition is administered by Eric Baskind, senior lecturer in law at Liverpool John Moores University.