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Lord Toulson to judge inaugural intervarsity mooting competition


10 February 2014

The School of Law will host its inaugural intervarsity mooting competition on Saturday 15 February, where the final will be judged by The Right Honourable Lord Toulson, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Fourteen teams from universities from across the South of England are expected to compete in the knock-out style competition, where participants engage in simulated court proceedings. There will be four rounds over the course of the day, including the final. The judging panel will comprise members of the local legal profession and staff from the School of Law, with Lord Toulson presiding over the final.

The event is sponsored by leading Bristol law firm, Bond Dickinson LLP, and London-based “magic circle” law firm, Slaughter & May.  St John’s Chambers, Bristol, is offering mini-pupillages to the winning team.

The final is open to spectators and will take place in the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, at 4pm. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, where there will be an opportunity to meet judges, legal professionals and representatives from the sponsors, as well as staff and students from the School of Law.

Co-ordinator Professor Harry McVea from the School of Law said: ‘It is a testament to the initiative and organisational skills of the members of the Bristol Law Club that we are able to host this event. We are grateful for the support shown by competing universities, by our sponsors, and, of course, by Lord Toulson. It promises to be a keenly fought competition, with a wealth of talent on show. May the best team win!’

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