Law competition is a Moot point

Posted by pt91 at Dec 05, 2012 01:18 PM |
Teams to converge on University of Leicester to for legal debate event

Issued by University of LEicester Press Office on 30 November 2012

PHOTO OPP: Best time to come for a  pic is before the final (4.30-5pm) or at/after the final (about 7pm)  Venue Law School, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester

Teams from universities across the country are converging on Leicester for a legal battle.

A total of 21 teams, including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Exeter and Warwick are taking part in the inaugural University of Leicester/Irwin Mitchell Medical Law Mooting Competition. It will be held in the University of Leicester School of Law on Saturday 1 December.

Tracey Elliott, Lecturer in Health Care Law at the University said: “In this competitive world, it is not enough for law students to obtain a good degree. They are also expected to have participated in extra-curricular activities such as mooting, negotiation and debating. This national competition has been established by the University of Leicester and Irwin Mitchell to help law students who have a particular interest in medical law to practise and improve both their legal knowledge and their advocacy skills. We are hoping that, amongst the students competing, will be future 'stars' of the legal profession.

“Irwin Mitchell, a leading firm of clinical negligence solicitors and our major sponsors, have generously provided a trophy for the event. The competition will take place over four rounds: all of the entering teams will participate in the first 2 rounds, which will take place in the morning, and there will be a semi final in the afternoon, and a final at 5pm, to be followed by a reception at about 7pm. In addition to our major sponsor, prizes have been donated by the School of Law, OUP, BMA and Ede & Ravenscroft. The moot problem involves issues of medical negligence, relating to the information provided to a patient, and causation of damage.”

Tim Deeming from Irwin Mitchell said: ““Irwin Mitchell are committed to nurturing and developing legal talent and supporting the local community, and we are delighted to support and sponsor the Annual Medical Law Moot and work alongside the University of Leicester to host this exciting opportunity.

“Helping and judging the students debate and seeing what legal talent is out there nationally is a real privilege and we hope that the experience will inspire them to continue working hard.”

The final will be judged by Ian Croxford QC, an alumnus of the University and leading commercial barrister at Wilberforce Chambers, Simeon Maskrey QC, a deputy high court judge and leading medical QC, who has appeared in many high-profile cases, and Henry Whitcomb, of One Crown Office Row, and solicitors Neil Whiteley and Timothy Deeming from Irwin Mitchell LLP.


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