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17 November 2016 0 Comments
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Runners up at the annual Law South Mooting Competition

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Find out how Royds Withy King Trainees faired at the annual Law South Mooting Competition 2016.

Every year Law South host a Mooting Competition at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The competition sees trainees from law firms across the South compete at arguing a fictional legal case. Steph Hopcroft and I volunteered to represent Royds Withy King this year, in an attempt to match the success of previous trainees who have taken part since the competition has been running.

The day saw eight pairs compete in two mock Appeals before ex-judges and barristers, before one pair was crowned the winner at the end of the day.

The competition

Steph and I acted for the Appellant, Richard in the first case, “Richard v”. There was a dispute regarding Richard purchasing an MP3 player online at a cheaper price, due to the error of and consequently whether a binding contract existed between the parties. The key issue was the existence of terms and conditions which entitled to cancel a contract if this situation arose. However these were brought to the attention of Richard after, we submitted, a binding contract was formed.

In our second scenario, we acted for the Respondent, Sybil, in “Sybil v Fawlty Fireworks Limited”. Sybil suffered nervous shock as a result of injuries to Basil in a fire at the premises of Fawlty Fireworks. The issue was whether Sybil should recover compensation as a secondary victim for psychiatric injury. The key legal arguments were whether or not Sybil had sufficient close ties of love and affection with Basil, and whether she was proximate to the event or its immediate aftermath to satisfy the control mechanisms established in the famous cases of Alcock (the case involving claims by the Hillsborough disaster victim’s family members) and McLoughlin.

It is fair to say it was a nerve wracking experience for all involved! The Judges interjected at every given opportunity to scrutinise our arguments and ask questions. After each moot, the Judges gave both group and individual feedback to the teams, before announcing at the end of the day the winners and runners up.

And the winners are..

Steph and I are thrilled that we won joint second place! It felt fantastic to be recognised for our efforts and for all the preparation we had put in to the event. We both took away invaluable feedback on our presentation and advocacy skills which we both will put into practice throughout our careers.

We would really encourage other trainees to volunteer to take part next year and have a go at beating us to that first place!

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