Swansea LLM students achieved a remarkable success at the 2nd Mooting Competition on Commercial and Maritime Law hosted by 7 King’s Bench Walk, a leading commercial chambers.

The event attracted 12 mooting teams from premier law schools. The initial rounds of the Competition were held in Swansea on 20th-21st June. Two teams, one led by Martin Karst/Siddharth Mahajan as speakers and Styliani Kounakou/Maria Skylodimou as researchers, and one led by Marilena Papgrigoraki/ Wuraola Debbie Obiegbu as speakers and Delphine Defossez as a researcher, represented the Postgraduate Legal Studies Department at the Competition and performed in an outstanding fashion during the initial rounds by winning their matches against mooting teams representing University of Exeter, University of York, University of Birkbeck, University of Liverpool and University of Geneva. Martin and Siddharth deservedly reached the Final of the Competition, which was held at the Parliament Room of Middle Temple Inn in London on 22 June 2015. Whilst we narrowly lost out to Bristol University in Final Swansea mooters had every reason to celebrate with Marilena Papgrigoraki collecting the overall Best Speaker Award. It was a tribute to the Swansea Mooting Coach, Ms Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford, that the shortlist for the Best Speaker Award also contained the names of Martin Karst, Siddharth Mahajan and Wuraola Debbie Obiegbu.

Runnersup Group (Final 2015)

 Swansea LLM Team with Mr Peter Macdonald-Eggers, QC

Commenting after the event, Dr George Leloudas, Mooting Co-ordinator for Postgraduate Legal Studies Department, said: “We are extremely proud and grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by 7 KBW, which gave our students an invaluable opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in commercial and maritime law through this competition. We would also like to thank Informa Law (Routledge) for sponsoring the Best Speaker Award. We are also indebted to the participating arbitrators, who willingly gave of their valuable time for this event, in particular to Mr Justice Picken, for presiding over the panel that judged the Final.  Both the speakers and researchers of the Swansea Postgraduate Mooting Teams offered a utterly stellar performance. They made us proud and impressed everyone with their knowledge on commercial and maritime law.”

Marilena (Best Mooter Award 2015)

Miss Marilena Papagrigoraki receiving the Best Mooter Award from Ms Amy Jones (Informa)

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