OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition

The pursuit of excellence in advocacy is central to the Inns of Court College of Advocacy’s functions, so we are delighted to be partnering with Oxford University Press for the prestigious OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition.

Why Moot?

Mooting can enhance students’ understanding of the law, as well as analytical and advocacy skills. Although it can be nerve-wracking, mooting is intellectually rewarding and can be used to demonstrate a keen interest in advocacy on a CV. Experienced criminal barrister, Nathan Rasiah, and the 2017 OUP National Mooting Competition winner, Conor Lockhart, explain the importance of getting involved in mooting.

The 2019 Competition

Our congratulations go to UCL, the winner of this year’s OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition. HHJ Joanna Korner CMG QC presided over the final on Thursday 20 June 2019 at Gray’s Inn where UCL, Royal Holloway, University of Nottingham and Open University fought in two tightly matched final moots.

The standard of advocacy was high, impressing Judge Korner who said of the competitors:
“Advocacy is one of the more difficult arts, but one of the most useful… your arguments were as impressive as those presented by the leading silks in a case I’m currently hearing.” 

We are delighted to be offering a day of marshalling to the winners of the competition, Shemuel Sheikh and Gareth Dean; Santosh Carvalho, one of the 2018 winners, had the following to say about last year’s prize of marshalling at the Old Bailey:
“Marshalling at the Old Bailey was an invaluable insight into seeing the law in practice. We had the opportunity to hear some of the best advocacy in the country and ask the learned judge questions about both the style and substance of advocacy by the barristers on the day. It made me reflect on my own advocacy as I continue mooting and hopefully practice on my feet. The learned judge was also kind enough to give us a tour of the Old Bailey, which in itself would have been a prize worth winning! Overall, the day was immensely valuable and not something that I would have had access to outside of the OUP/ICCA competition.”

To read more about the final and for further details on next year’s competition, visit the OUP website by clicking here.

Preparing to Moot

Lady Justice Hallett and Conor Lockhart have kindly put together some tips for those of you currently taking part in the competition:

The 2018 Competition

On Thursday 28 June, the final of our 2018 Competition took place at the Inner Temple. After 9 months of intense competition, the teams represented in the final were Queen’s University Belfast; the Open University; Birkbeck, University of London; and University College London.

We were delighted to welcome Lady Justice Hallett DBE, vice-president of the criminal division of the Court of Appeal, to preside over the final where the mooters delivered their submissions on the fictitious case of Sleezie Offshore LTD v Discreet Bank PLC in the Supreme Court, devised for the final by Rosalind Earis.

Our congratulations go to all the teams, especially to Santosh Carvalho and Daniel Cullen of Birkbeck, who ranked in first place; for their efforts, the Birkbeck representatives were awarded a day of marshalling at the Old Bailey and £750 each. Keane Davison and Victoria Taylor of Queen’s University Belfast ranked in second place.

Get in touch

Further details on the competition can be found on the OUP website by clicking here; this includes details on the competition progress, the moot problem and details for exchanging as well as essential resources for mooters and the mooting problem archive.

If you have any questions about the OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition please email: mooting.uk@oup.com

Get tweeting about the competition and follow its progress by using the hashtag #mootcomp18