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The OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition

The 2020/21 competition is now concluded

We congratulate the four teams who joined us for the virtual final held on Monday 14th June. The final saw a mixture of first-timers and old hands. Nottingham Trent University recorded their first appearance in the final in recent memory, whilst Open University notched up their third consecutive final. Queen’s University Belfast were victorious before in 2016/17 and Birkbeck, University of London took the trophy home in 2017/18. You can read more about this year’s competitors below.

The teams grappled with the issues in the moot problem, written barrister Tim Goodwin especially for the competition (see below). Lady Justice Carr DBE presided over the virtual final, where her judicial interventions tested the students and made sure they were completely on top of their material.

Congratulations to Open University, who won the competition in their third consecutive final. 

Our thanks to our partners ICCA, and who those who have been involved in the competition in any capacity – you’re the ones who make this competition a success.

Entries for the 2021/2022 competition will open in the autumn. All enquiries should be directed to mooting.uk@oup.com

About the competition

The OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition is one of the most prestigious and popular mooting competitions in the UK, offering undergraduate law and GDL students the opportunity to practise and perfect their advocacy skills.

This is the go-to website for all those participating in the competition, and for those who want to discover what mooting is, and pick up hints and tips about how to do it well.

On this page you'll find information relating to this year's competition including the rules, some FAQs, the draw, and the moot problem for each round.

On this site you'll find tips on mooting, an outline of what it is and the skills it tests, as well as previous winners of the competition.



Moot problem Moot rules

Final draw

Nottingham Trent University v The Open University

Queen's University Belfast v Birkbeck, University of London

ExpandCloseMeet the Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2020/2021 competition. Find out more about them here.


Nottingham Trent University

Image of finalistCameron Byrne

I am a final year LLB undergraduate student at Nottingham Law School. I am originally from the Isle of Man and have spent most of my life there. I eventually intend to pursue a career as a barrister; however, I am also pursuing a career in law enforcement before joining the bar. I have particular interests in constitutional law, criminal law, police law and emergency powers law. I have been mooting since my second year at university, thoroughly enjoying every moment. My best piece of advice to any law student is to give it a go, make mistakes and learn.


Image of finalist David Illingworth

I am approaching the end of my first year on the part-time GDL at Nottingham Trent University. Having worked in central government since 2007, I am coming to the law as a career change, and hope to practise as a barrister in the future with a focus on administrative law. Participating in the competition has been a fantastic learning experience. My advice to other aspiring barristers would be: if it seems intimidating at first, don’t let that put you off! You will learn something from every moot, and grow in confidence.


The Open University


Image of finalistCharlotte Eker

I have recently finished my final year studying law as a graduate student at the Open University. I began mooting as soon as I started studying law thanks to some internal competitions. Since that time, I have participated in a number of external competitions. Mooting has been an excellent way to expand my knowledge of the law. It improves research and critical thinking skills, and it is a great opportunity to work as part of a team. I would encourage everybody to try mooting, it is a rewarding experience. I intend to pursue a career as a barrister.


Image of finalistThomas Morris

After ten years in software, I decided to pursue a law degree while working. I'm graduating this year and have found issues around negligence, business regulation and public law particularly interesting. I've participated in mooting and found it a great way to sharpen up my argumentation and advocacy. I am hoping to find a career path that manages to combine legal knowledge and technical skills in fruitful and interesting ways.


Birkbeck, University of London


Image of finalistStephanie Lopez-Cuenu

I am in my penultimate year of the LLB at Birkbeck, University of London. Mooting during my course has been a great way to improve my research and critical analysis skills. It is also a genuine insight into practice at the bar, a career which seems more achievable with every moot. You are given the opportunity to improve through constructive critique from notable practitioners and judges. So far, the areas of law that inspire me centre on international law, I thoroughly enjoyed researching the use of force and continued instances of occupation.


Image of finalistWesley Manta

I am currently reading law at Birkbeck on their part-time course, where I am finishing up my penultimate year. I started mooting in my first year and have enjoyed it ever since. After university, I hope to become a barrister, specialising in areas such as commercial law, tax law or chancery matters. I would recommend mooting to all law students as skills required for mooting, such as legal research, are ones that will help boost your grades. Personally, the skills I learned from mooting have helped increased my grades by improving my legal research and writing.


Queen's University Belfast


Finalist imageLucy Bill

I am a final year law student at Queen’s University Belfast, committed to pursuing a career at the commercial bar. Having completed magic circle internships, mini-pupillages, and pro bono work, mooting has been the ultimate catalyst in fuelling my passion for the bar. It has strengthened my ability to handle judicial interventions, think on my feet, and create nuanced legal arguments; skills which will be invaluable for my upcoming Bar Training Course at BPP University London. I encourage all students to get involved, and my advice is to keep it simple- say what you are going to say, say it, and say what you have said!


Image of finalist James Marks

I am a penultimate year law student at Queen’s University Belfast. I began mooting in Autumn 2020 and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have been able to develop analytical and critical thinking skills which in turn have enhanced my academic performance. Undoubtedly, mooting has been the highlight of my undergraduate degree thus far and has confirmed my desire to practice law as a barrister. It has been a surreal experience mooting on Microsoft Teams and I hope that next year, I get to experience the realities of the court room!