The worlds of law and property came together on Friday evening with the much-anticipated Senior Moot Final, held at in a fittingly splendid West End venue – courtesy of the moot’s sponsor Savills, the international property experts.
We were welcomed to Savills‘ West End Headquarters by director Clive Beer and were keen to see the four finalists of this inaugural competition – Martin Horne, Andrew Lomas, Zachary Kell and Darryl Hutcheon, present their arguments to judge Derek Wood CBE QC. Derek Wood, of Falcon Chambers, will be known to many as a property barrister of international repute, and one with long and distinguished experience as an arbitrator. He is also the Director of Advocacy at the Middle Temple, training the next generation of Inn students.
The Senior Moot was launched this year as a way of bringing together students on our postgraduate law programmes (GDL, Graduate Entry LLB, LPC and BPTC) – with all places for the competition snapped up within 52 minutes of release. The moot problem concerns an imaginary lottery and the failure of one of the parties to the dispute to purchase what, with the benefit of hindsight, would have been the winning ticket.
Martin and Zachary are currently on the GDL course at City, with Andrew and Darryl just completing their year on the BPTC. Joanne Moss, Lecturer at The City Law School, who conceived this moot sums up the evening:
“Our distinguished Moot Judge grilled the Finalists and expressed his compliments and encouragement as to the high standards they each achieved. Finalists each winning £250 were Martin Horne and Andrew Lomas; the runner-up in the competition, taking a £500 prize, was Zachary Kell.
The 2014 Senior Moot Champion is Darryl Hutcheon. He carried off the trophy and the top award of £1,000, following the submission of a greatly commended skeleton argument and a succinct and devastating oral argument. He also takes with him the congratulations and good wishes of the entire City Law School for his outstanding achievement”.
See the City website for more insight into the evening.
Thanks go to the photographer Alice Moss