Mooting Blog: The OUP Competition

In this blog-post, LLB student Katie Timmins reflects on her recent moot experience, representing the University of Glasgow in the OUP Moot Competition. 

On the 20th November I participated in the Oxford University Press and Inns of Court College of Advocacy National Mooting Competition. I enjoyed Mooting in First Year participating in a Monday Moot and I also enjoyed preparing for the Obligations 1B Moot. As a result, I was excited and intrigued at the opportunity of being able to represent the University and the Law School in an external competition. Myself and my partner were approached by the University’s Mooting Society and asked if we would like to participate in the competition – a chance we both jumped at.

The problem was issued to us via the Mooting Society’s External Mooting Coordinator and was also posted on the competition’s webpage. The question focused on an area of English tort Law which was quite daunting for us considering we are both studying Scots Law. But after raiding level 7 of the library for various English tort Law texts, to our relief, we found that the Law is very similar in both jurisdictions! The two grounds of appeal focused on the duty of care and the issue of contributory negligence. In order to prepare for the Moot we started by skimming our First Year contract lecture notes and referring to the prescribed texts from Obligations 1B before venturing into the land of English tort Law texts.

As the competition was external this meant that we were competing against a team from another university. Our competitors were Queen’s University Belfast so the mix of the Scottish and Irish accents made for some interesting listening!

We acted for the appellants with myself as Senior counsel. I spoke for around 30 minutes (excluding questions) with my partner speaking for 40. As we had already established during our preparation and, learnt quickly during our speeches, the problem was too one sided for us to hope to win, with the Judge stating at the end of our submissions that “the appellant’s counsel heroically refused to die.” So, as you can guess Queen’s took the win.

However, the experience as a whole provided a real insight into the challenges of advocacy, and was very much enjoyable. The opportunity to represent the University was, for me, in itself quite an achievement and despite not taking the win I hope to participate in further Mooting events in the future. I recommend that if you have thought about trying Mooting to give it a go!

–  Katie Timmins

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