Sixth former Bea Harmston recently took part in the final of a Mooting Competition run by Big Voice London, in association with the UK Supreme Court. The competition has been running since 2011, with students paired up with Bar Professional Training Course students, who act as ‘Mooting Mentors’. This structure enables students to not only experience court advocacy for the first time, but also helps them to develop their knowledge of the law and their communication skills, with the help of those already pursing a career in law.
Bea applied to be part of the competition at the beginning of January and successfully gained one of the 18 places available for Sixth Form students, out of nearly 300 applicants. The competition started with a mock round and then for the next three rounds teams were gradually knocked out. Each week Bea had a training/practice session with her mentor before the weekly heat. After a lot of hard work Bea got through the final round which was a fantastic achievement. The final case related to negligence and vicarious liability and was judged by retired Supreme Court Justice, Lord Wilson. It was a close-run competition, with Bea missing out on winning the Final by just half a mark.
Bea said “I've just really enjoyed being able to work alongside my mentor and get wrapped up in the atmosphere of the court - even though its only virtual.”