Birkbeck, University of London triumph at OUP & ICCA Moot 2018
On Thursday 28th June 2018, Daniel Cullen and Santosh Carvalho representing Birkbeck, University of London were declared winners of the final of the OUP and ICCA National Mooting Competition 2017-18.
Not only was it Birkbeck's first time in the final, but they are the first team to win the competition under OUP's partnership with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA). Congratulations should also go to Lewis Aldous who was part of the Birkbeck duo for the first three rounds.
Jonathan Thorpe, co-ordinator of Birkbeck Law School's mooting programme, said 'I am overjoyed at the success of our team winning the OUP/ICCA National Moot Competition 2017-18. All four teams competing in the final deserve praise for reaching so far into this hard fought moot. Many thanks to the OUP/ICCA orgainsers, and to Lady Justice Hallett for judging the final. The student advocates, as well as their supporters, were treated with great courtesy at Inner Temple where the final was held. This was an invaluable, and most memorable experience, and Birkbeck is very proud to have won. This is a great competition and I would encourage all law schools to enter teams for the next academic year'.
Other teams represented in the final were Queen's University Belfast; Open University; and University College London. Daniel and Santosh receive £750 prize money each as well as a brand new money-can't-buy prize facilitated by the ICCA - a day marshalling HHJ Anthony Leonard at the Old Bailey, where they will have the chance to gain a real insight into how judges consider and manage cases.
To get to this stage, the finalists had to win four rounds of the competition. We'd like to congratulate them all on their outstanding mooting skills, and send thanks to all the participants who took part this year.
Our thanks go to Lady Justice Hallett, Vice-President of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal, who presided over the final for the first time. Ahead of the moot, Lady Justice Hallett gave the teams a helping hand by providing them with her top ten tips on mooting. During the final, she commented that all the teams were worthy finalists and that it had been an incredibly difficult task choosing a winner. She went on to say that all the students were welcome in her court any day.
The original moot problem, written by Rosalind Earis for the final, focused on tort law and economic loss, and provided all participants to showcase their legal knowledge and advocacy skills. The full moot problem, along with informaton about all the finalists, can be found in the programme for the final.
Click the links below to view the instructions, moot problem, and rules from the final round of the 2017-2018 competition.