National Mooting champions

A Headingtonian has won a prestigious competition which allows lawyers in training to test out their skills in a mock court situation.

Lauren, who left Headington in 2014 after taking the IB and is now studying Law at Oxford Brookes University, joined forces with fellow student Maja to form a mooting team in the English-Speaking Union Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition on Monday 10th June.

Having defeated Southampton University in the semi-final in the ESU’s offices in London earlier that day, the team took on fellow finalists Leicester University and won at the event in the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand. The contest was judged by Jeffrey Gruder QC, Martin Griffiths QC and Professor Dr Martin Lau of Essex Court Chambers.

As winners of the competition, Lauren and Maja have been offered a mini-pupillage at Essex Court Chambers, the leading set of barristers’ chambers, specialising in commercial and financial litigation, arbitration, public law and public international law. They will have their names engraved on the silver mace trophy and receive prizes of £1,000 each.

As winners of the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, Lauren and Maja will now go on compete in the annual Magna Carta Moot in October, against University College London, winners of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition 2019.