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Teenagers triumph in mooting finals

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MOOT: FInn and Georgie, left, with Natalie and Imogen, right

A team of students from city and county schools won the finals of the Leicester and Leicestershire Schools and Colleges Mooting Competition, held at De Montfort University.

Finn Clarke, 17, from Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester, and Georgie Rea, of Ratcliffe College, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake, took the title after a final moot in DMU’s mock courtroom last week.

They beat finalists Natalie McKiernan and Imogen Grose, both 17, from Uppingham School. Each team had triumphed in a series of moots to reach the finals of the competition, run by DMU Law Club.

Finn, 17, said: “I’m really pleased. We did put in a lot of hard work and I have enjoyed researching the cases.”

It was the second time that Georgie has won, she was part of the winning pair last year, when she was junior counsel.

She said: “I can’t believe it, to have won two years in a row is brilliant. I’m hoping to study law and I enjoy mooting. This was a close final and all credit to the other team.”

Natalie McKiernan said they were both pleased to have reached the finals. She said: “This is the first competition that I have been in. It’s annoying not to have won, but it was a great experience.”

The moot was judged by Richard Card, former head of the Law School at DMU and author of several textbooks on criminal and contract law.

Mr Card, Emeritus Professor, praised both teams for their efforts. He said: “There have been some fine performances and it was an interesting moot. Both teams performed well.”

The competition is sponsored by LexisNexis, publishers of the UK’s leading legal database. The winners got £30 book tokens and the runners-up got £20 book tokens.

DMU’s Law Club aims to inspire students from schools and colleges in the region who are interested in law. The free club aims to give them the chance to learn about the law through mock trials and studying case law.

As part of the mooting finals they were given an example of a case and had to argue it at an appeal hearing, one team representing the appellant and the other the respondent.

To do this, they had to research case law and apply it to the particular case, helped by Andrew Robinson, senior lecturer in De Montfort Law School.

Posted on Monday 25th March 2013

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