Lord Mance of the Supreme Court judges LLM Moot Final

Master’s students from Swansea University put their mooting skills to the test in the LLM Mooting Competition in London this month.

Thirty postgraduate law students from the School of Law participated in the Mooting Module of our LLM, undertaking some sophisticated training throughout the year from Senior Lecturer Dr. Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford.  The LLM Mooting competition was the culmination of their training with the final being held on March 15th 2018 by invitation at the Supreme Court in Parliament Square.

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Eight finalists in teams made up of two speakers and two researchers had the privilege of appearing in one of the most prestigious legal venues in the world before its Deputy President Lord Mance (one of the most accomplished commercial lawyers worldwide), and his Judicial Assistant, Chloe Bell.   

The topic focused on the continuing relevance of Quantum Corporation Inc v Plane Trucking Ltd [2002] EWCA Civ 350; [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep., a case that was familiar to Lord Mance, who delivered the leading opinion in the Court of Appeal. This familiarity led to an animated and captivating debate at the Supreme Court with Lord Mance posing several highly challenging questions to our mooters.

The moot was won by the Appellants (leading counsel Ms Adenike Afun, ably assisted by her junior Mr Thibaut Mottie and researchers Ms Aikaterini Kokkala and Ms Sophia Reeg) won the moot. The Respondents (leading counsel Ms Rebecca Rowe, junior Mr Sagun Sudhir and researchers Ms Lourdes Martinez Santamaria and Mr Richard Rio) being noted by Lord Mance as having a masterful responses to his questions. Lord Mance praised both teams for the quality of their preparation and the sophistication of their arguments. He was particularly impressed by their ability to respond to his difficult queries.

Associate Professor George Leloudas oversaw all the arrangements as part of a sterling team effort by all those teaching LLMs at Swansea University. This included Professors Simon Baughen and Andrew Tettenborn, Associate Professor Yvonne McDermott Rees and Dr Youri van Logchem, who all contributed to the success of the event by making themselves available as judges at practices and initial rounds.

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Commenting after the event, Associate Professor Leloudas stated: “Our module on Mooting is going from strength to strength with the support of the Head of School, Professor Elwen Evans QC, who is actively supporting the creation of links between legal practice and academic education. Being invited to the Supreme Court to host our Final is a testament to the quality of our students and the strength of our LLM programmes. We are grateful to Lord Mance and Ms Bell for taking time to judge our final and provide an invaluable experience to our participating and attending students. We are also grateful to Ms Rebecca Lowson for making this happen”.

The finalists received their awards from Lord Mance at a reception held after the event. In addition, several other prizes were awarded to Messrs Havard Roselund and Jeffrey Pissierssens (for best skeletons during the initial rounds), and Ms Tasnim Uddin and Mr Bochao Li (for most marked improvement in advocacy).

Find out more about LLM programmes at Swansea University here.   

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