School of Law

Leeds teams in York top six

19 February 2013 | Alex Greenwood

Two Leeds Law teams competed in the Regional Heats of the National Negotiation Competition at the College of Law in York on Saturday 9 February.

Chris Boxhall and Lewis Bramford came fourth in the heat, while Megan Williams and Dan Fielding came sixth.

Both teams narrowly missed places in the national final next month where the ultimate winner of the competition will represent England and Wales in the International Negotiation Competition at the Chapman University School of Law, California in July.

There were sixteen teams competing in the York Heat, with more than fifty teams from law schools around the country also competing at regional heats in Bristol, Chester and Guilford.

The competition, sponsored by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) with the support of The College of Law, involves teams of law students going head-to-head in contests to measure their negotiation skills.

Competing teams negotiate transactions or resolve disputes for fictional clients. They are judged on the outcome of their two negotiations, their level of preparation, their flexibility, teamwork and ethical standards and their relationship with the opposing team.

Local solicitors, barristers, business professionals and academics judge the competition rounds.

Last year, one of the Leeds School of Law teams came third in the competition final.

The two Leeds teams were chosen from more than a hundred School of Law students through an internal School of Law competition, judged by a partner and three trainees from Leeds law firm DLA Piper.

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