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Salford student wins national mooting competition

Thursday 27 March 2014
Adam Gould received his prize from Julie Adshead

Third Year University of Salford law student Adam Gould has won first prize in the National Speed Mooting Competition.

Adam joined more than 100 law undergraduates from around the country to put his advocacy skills to the test at the event, held at the University of Salford on Saturday 22 March, with the final taking place in the moot court room of the Lady Hale Building, home of Salford Business School.

Mooting is the presentation of a legal argument as though in court, and the legal issue in question at the competition related to contract law, with a specific focus on the ‘postal rule’ and whether it applies to emails.

Rather than involving extensive legal research, as is typically necessary with traditional mooting competitions, students were given pre-drafted skeleton arguments and all case law and legislation. This meant that participants were assessed solely on their oral advocacy.

Each candidate in the knockout competition had just seven minutes to present their case, with an allowance for ‘judicial intervention’ to make them think on their feet. This meant that contestants were rewarded for presenting their arguments succinctly and effectively.

The event also included a Q&A session with practising lawyers to provide students with advice on applications, life in the early years of practice and career progression.

Julie Adshead, Salford Business School Director of Law Programmes, said: “We were very pleased to host the first ever National Speed Mooting Competition at Salford. It really was a fantastic day, with students travelling to us from across the UK.

“All the law undergraduates who took part performed really well, but it was the icing on the cake to have Salford take the trophy. Adam’s coolness under pressure and responses to judicial intervention clearly served him well!”