School of Law

Supreme performance by students at Senior Mooting Final

29 April 2015 |

The culmination of the Law School’s student Senior Mooting competition recently involved four of our students taking part in the final of the competition which was held in the UK Supreme Court on 21 April 2015.

Our four intrepid mooters were Chevan Illangaratne and Angus Yeung (appearing for the respondents) and Bryan Chen and Min Chin (appearing for the appellants). The moot involved criminal law and focused upon the defence of consent to acts causing bodily harm. The moot was judged by Lord Hughes who very kindly spent the afternoon and early evening reading the relevant paperwork, listening to oral submissions, asking questions to clarify issues and giving his judgment.

On our arrival at the Supreme Court we were given a guided tour of the building by a delightful member of the court’s outreach team. There are three courts within the Supreme Court including the court where the Privy Council hold their hearings. The moot took place in Court Number 1 (the court which is most often used by the television media when reporting decisions).

Whilst the advocates made final preparations in readiness for their moot, Jessica Bourke (student law society Mooting Secretary and the person who was responsible for taking the initiative to contact the Supreme Court) and Neil Stanley (law school Director of Mooting) were ushered into Lord Hughes’ office for an informal discussion. Jessica presented Lord Hughes with a bottle of single malt as a token of the appreciation of the student mooters within our school of law.

Lord Hughes made a number of positive comments relating to the performance of the two mooting teams:

  • All oral submissions were both clear and 'remarkably concise'.
  • All four advocates adapted to cope well with interruptions from the judge.
  • Each advocate spoke clearly making it plain that he was not reading from a prepared script.
  • Bryan and Min's submissions were 'beautifully organised'.

By the narrowest of margins Lord Hughes judged Chevan and Angus to be the winners.

Lord Hughes studied law at Durham University before qualifying as a barrister in 1970. He became a QC in 1990, was a High Court judge between 1997-2006 and a judge in the Court of Appeal from 2006-2013. He has been a member of the Supreme Court since 2013.

Report by Neil Stanley.


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