2014 DAC Beachcroft Mooting Shield Won By BPP Law School Manchester
Published 7 April 2014
The fifth Mooting Shield competition final hosted by international law firm DAC Beachcroft has been won by a team from BPP Law School Manchester.
Sixteen teams of law students competed against each other over a six-month period culminating in a grand final between teams from BPP Law School Manchester and Leeds Metropolitan University at Sovereign Chambers in Leeds last week (Wednesday 2 April).
Attended by over forty people, including students from some of the participating universities, the final was a rematch of the opening practice round of the competition between the teams from Leeds and Manchester with Manchester eventually replicating their initial win.
BPTC students Jasmine Chan and Ryan Hall from the winning team were presented with the ‘DAC Beachcroft Mooting Shield’ by Virginia Clegg, Regional Senior Partner at the Leeds office of DAC Beachcroft. The students were also offered a week’s work placement at the firm.
Speaking after the final, Virginia said: "The standard of this, the fifth year of our Mooting Shield, has been consistently high throughout the six-month competition and reflects the outstanding talent of our region's law students.
"The team from Manchester BPP Law School won four moots to reach the final and all of the finalists demonstrated the commitment, legal analysis and communication skills that will stand them in excellent stead for their legal careers as solicitors or barristers."
The 2014 final was judged by Andrew Lewis QC (Deputy High Court Judge and Head of Sovereign Chambers), Virginia Clegg and Andrew Marsh (Head of Construction and Engineering, DAC Beachcroft, Leeds).
DAC Beachcroft launched the competition in 2009 to help law students across Yorkshire, Manchester and the North East improve their chances of breaking into the legal profession by taking part in moots. Held in a courtroom setting, teams of law students compete against each other arguing fictitious legal cases. The cases, devised and judged by senior lawyers from DAC Beachcroft and across the region, are based on the areas of law in which DAC Beachcroft specialise.