Judge Gratwicke crowns Queen's University Belfast OUP and BPP mooting champions
Queen's University Belfast has won the OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition 2016-17.
Team members Darren Finnegan and Conor Lockhart demonstrated exceptional mooting skills to take victory at the final. Their win is a first for Queen's University Belfast in this competition, although they did make the final two years ago, where they took second place.
The other teams to progress to the final were Sheffield Hallam University, University of Buckingham, and University of East Anglia.
His Honour Judge Gratwicke returned once again to preside over the final and kept the students on their toes with some keen questioning. He remarked that he was amazed and humbled by the high standard of mooting he had witnessed, noting that the difference in marks between all four teams could be counted on one hand. He went on to say that all the finalists should be very proud of themselves.
The original moot problem, written specifically for the final by barrister Rory Clarke, focused on property law but also touched on the issues of Brexit and ownership of street art. The full moot problem can be viewed below, or in the programme for the final, which also contains information on the finalists.
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