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Winners of OUP’s mooting competition announced

Released on June 23, 2017

2017 Mooting Winners

Queen’s University Belfast students were crowned champions of the OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition 2016-2017, which took place at BPP Law School, Holborn on 22 June 2017.

Team members Darren Finnegan and Conor Lockhart emerged as worthy moot champions from a pool of talented student advocates, each putting up an admirable fight. They receive a certificate, trophy, and £750 each. 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, represented by Billy Methley and Millie Broadbent; University of Buckingham, represented by Joshua Cullen and Yashwanth Krishnan; and University of East Anglia, represented by Anne Saunderson and Polly Averns.

His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke of Chelmsford Crown Court returned once again to preside over the final and kept the students on their toes with his interventions.  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, focused on property law but also touched on the issues of Brexit and ownership of street art. All the moot problems for this year’s competition were written by barristers Rory Clarke and Ros Earis.

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