LSE has won second place in the Oxford University Press (OUP) and BPP National Mooting Competition 2013-14. Queen Mary, University of London won the competition.
LSE’s Malvika Jaganmohan, an undergraduate in the Department of Law, and Tom Cornell, a postgraduate in the department, share £700 between them.
His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke of Chelmsford Crown Court presided over the final and kept the students on their toes with some keen questioning. In his summing up, Judge Gratwicke praised the hard work and depth of knowledge the students demonstrated, saying: "You have displayed an exceptionally high standard of advocacy skills and the differences between the teams are paper-thin. You will all be successful because people of quality always find their niche.”
Stella White, of OUP which administers the tournament, said: “We are proud to provide a platform for law students from around the country to practise and hone their advocacy skills. This was a very enjoyable night of mooting indeed: our thanks to our eight finalists for making it so. Thank you also to each and every one of the students who, with the support of their law schools, have participated in the OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition 2013-14. We can’t wait to welcome them back next year."
The fictitious moot problem was a criminal division appeal, focussing on an incidence of marital coercion which led to a conviction for rape for the husband. It was praised by the judge as an interesting and topical exercise that enabled all the finalists to shine as advocates.