All rise for the annual Brighton & Hove City Intervarsity Mooting competition

Students from Sussex and Brighton go head-to-head at the annual mooting competition.

Students from Sussex and Brighton go head-to-head at the annual mooting competition.

The annual Brighton & Hove City Intervarsity Mooting Competition was held at University of Sussex and LLB Law students Natasha Charlesworth and Paige Macrae represented University of Brighton in the competition.

The competition's first all-female judging panel.The competition is hosted alternately by each university and this year the competition was held in the mooting room at Sussex’s Falmer campus.  The room was packed to standing room only with an audience who were there to listen to and support both teams.  It was all rise as the all-female judging panel entered the room with South East circuit judges HHJ Waddicor, HHJ Barnes and 1 Crown Office Row’s Kate Richmond presiding over the session, a first in the competition history.

Each contestant had 15minutes to present their argument concerning a fictitious case and after some grilling from the judges they sat and waited as the judges left the room to consider their arguments.  After a few minutes the judges returned to the room to deliver their verdict, and whilst Brighton were clear winners of the argument, Sussex just edged ahead to win overall.

Richard Ager from 1 Crown Office Row with law students Natasha and Paige

Richard Ager from 1 Crown Office Row with law students Natasha Charlesworth and Paige Macrae who represented University of Brighton in the competition

Richard Ager from Barrister Chambers 1 Crown Office Row attended the event and awarded the teams prizes for all their hard work and effort in preparing their arguments for the moot.  The Chambers have generously agreed sponsorship of the event for the next 5 years.

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