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An excellent finale to a triumphant season of mooting in the Herbert Smith Freehills UBLC Mooting Competition

Press release issued: 4 April 2019

On 22 March 2019, the Herbert Smith Freehills University of Bristol Law Club (UBLC) Mooting finals competition was held at the Supreme Court in London and our Lady Hale Moot Court in Bristol. This was an opportunity for the best mooters from all year groups to compete against one another, after a year of intense and competitive rounds.

The mooting committee was honoured to invite Tom Leech QC, partner from Herbert Smith Freehills to judge the second-year students at the Supreme Court, whilst HHJ Martin Picton and Jack Webb judged the first-year and third-year finalists respectively at the Lady Hale Moot Court. Close friends attended the finals in Bristol to watch the moot and support their fellow friends competing. The following week, 12 lucky students attended the Supreme Court finals after an open morning presentation at the Herbert Smith Freehills office.

The mooting cases invited the students to engage with various legal issues included in their syllabus. The first years were faced with a judicial review moot, with Mr Roger George, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol Law School compiling an excellent criminal case for the second-year students concerning the gross negligence manslaughter of a rock-climber abandoned by his co-workers. The third-year students, in deep contrast, argued a highly complex trusts case. Each final was gripping, the quality of advocacy was remarkable and the bundles were elaborate, as noted by every judge.

Timeline of Moots

HSF Third-Year Mooting Competition Finals on 27 February 2019

  • Champion: Mayank Tripathi
  • Runner-up: Sophie Cashell
  • Other finalists: Louise Ann Hayes and Ella White

Post-Graduate Mooting Competition Finals on 28 February 2019

  • Champion: Callum James
  • Runner-up: Page Nyame-Satterthwaite
  • Other finalists: Samuel Ellis and Fionnuala Lynch

HSF First Year Mooting Competition Finals on 5 March 2019: Judicial Review Moot

  • Champion: Justin Leung
  • Runner-up: Nikita Goklani
  • Other finalists: Sherard Siahaan and Andrew Chen

HSF Second Year Mooting Competition Finals on 22 March 2019: Negligence and Human Rights Moot 

  • Champion: Jasmine Bissell Gratton
  • Runner-up: Ella Kennedy
  • Other finalists: Sam Abbott and Timothy Lo 

We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills and Cian Murphy, Reader in Law and the School’s Mooting Academic Adviser, for their continued support throughout the competition. This was an excellent finale to a very successful year for the mooting team and all who participated in the competition.

That concludes the UBLC Mooting Season 2018/19! We’d like to congratulate and wish the new mooting committee (Gracia Seo, Elias Lindvall, Jasmine Gratton and Callum James) all the very best for the next season. We have high hopes that you will maintain the prestige of this mooting competition.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the UBLC moots and entrusting Jonathan, Anisha, Beth and I with the job of organising it. We hope that everyone enjoyed the gruelling process of preparing for a moot and found the experience invaluable.

Alicia Tay, Beth Davies, Anisha Sandhu and Jonathan Ho

Mistresses and Master of the Moot 2018/19

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