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Second time lucky as UCL emerge as national mooting champions

Released on June 20, 2019

Judge Korner presided over the final of the OUP and ICCA National Mooting Competition 2018/19 held on Thursday 20 June 2019 at the historic and atmospheric surroundings of Gray’s Inn, London where she named Shemuel Sheikh and Gareth Deane, representing University College London, overall champions.

This was the second consecutive final for both UCL and Open University, but UCL edged it in a close competition also involving students representing Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Nottingham

All four teams had battled through nine months of competitive mooting, and overcame 60 teams between them to reach the final.

HHJ Joanna Korner CMG QC presiding over the final was impressed by the standard of advocacy on display. She gave some invaluable feedback to the competitors and commented;

"Advocacy is one of the more difficult arts, but one of the most useful... your arguments were as impressive as those presented by the leading silks in a case I'm currently hearing."

The winning team take home a trophy and £750 each, as well as a day marshalling a judge where they will gain invaluable insight into the workings of the court.

UCL last won the competition 19 years ago - when this year’s winners were just toddlers.

The original and topical moot problem written for this year’s final by barrister Rosalind Earis focused on the actions of an environmental protestor and dealt with the issues of abuse of process and burden of proof.

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