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Oxford Brookes students win prestigious mooting competition

Pictured: James Fennemore (left) and Jonathan Goddard (right) outside the Essex Court Chambers. Image courtesy of the English-Speaking Union (ESU)

Pictured: James Fennemore (left) and Jonathan Goddard (right) outside the Essex Court Chambers. Image courtesy of the English-Speaking Union (ESU)

Law students from Oxford Brookes University have won the ESU Essex Court National Mooting Competition 2016 for the third time in five years.

James Fennemore and Jonathan Goddard beat students at Liverpool John Moores University in the Grand Final last month (Wednesday 22 June) at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Founded in 1972, The ESU Essex Court National Mooting Competition is one of the most prestigious legal competitions of its kind, with teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland entering.

“We were delighted to win this prestigious competition last year and back in 2012, so to win again this year is a great achievement for the students and a testament to their hard work and skills as future lawyers.”

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law 

The winning duo were presented with the ‘Silver Mace’ and £1,000 each plus a further £1,000 for the Oxford Brookes’ School of Law which will go towards funding future mooting competitions.

Last year Oxford Brookes law students Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves won the same competition and went on to face the winners of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition in the Magna Carta Moot in October, who unprecedentedly, were also Brookes Law students.

James and Jonathan will now represent the UK in the Commonwealth Mooting Competition in Melbourne in March 2017. They will follow in the footsteps of Matt Sellwood and Daniele Selmi who won the ESU Essex Court Competition for Oxford Brookes in 2012, and went on to win the Commonwealth Mooting Competition in Cape Town in 2013.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and University Teaching Fellow said: “In the last few years our School of Law’s reputation for national mooting success has grown significantly, so it is fantastic to see this success continue. We were delighted to win this prestigious competition last year and back in 2012, so to win again this year is a great achievement for the students and a testament to their hard work and skills as future lawyers.”

Mooting is the traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. All students on academic law programmes in the School of Law have the opportunity to participate in internal mooting competitions, with the winners representing Brookes in national mooting competitions.

More information about studying at Law at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Law webpages.

Oxford Brookes Mooting team through to the National Semi-finals

The Royal Courts of Justice in London where the final of this prestigious competition will take place

The Royal Courts of Justice in London where the final of this prestigious competition will take place

Many congratulations to the Oxford Brookes mooting team who are now one of the final 4 teams in the ESU- Essex court National Mooting Competition and have a chance to win for the second year running.

The Brookes team, James Fennemore and Jonathan Goddard, both of whom are currently studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law, successfully defeated the University of Nottingham in the quarter-finals held last week.

Mooting is the traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. They compete against an opposing counsel and before a judge, making it a valuable training exercise for aspiring barristers. The ESU – Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition is one of the longest established national mooting competitions in the UK, with Oxford Brookes the current defending champions.

James and Jonathan will now advance to the semi-finals of the prestigious competition, which will be held at Dartmouth House in London on the morning of Wednesday 22 June. The final will also take place that evening in the President’s Court at the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said:

The School of Law at Oxford Brookes University has a long tradition of success in mooting at a regional and national level. I am very pleased to see this tradition continue in 2016. This is down to the dedication and hard work of our staff and our students. We are very proud of our law students and all that they achieve and we wish them every success in the semi-final! “

To find out more about the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting competition go to: http://nationalmooting.org/

Oxford Brookes Mooting Team in National Quarter Final

Headington Hill Hall

The quarter finals will take place in the prestigious Headington Hill Hall Moot Court

Students from the School of Law will be taking on the University of Nottingham in the quarter finals of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition next week.

Mooting is the traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. They compete against an opposing counsel and before a judge, making it a valuable training exercise for aspiring barristers.

The upcoming moot follows a trail of successes for the Oxford Brookes team, James Fennemore and Jonathan Goddard, both of whom are currently studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law. James and Jonathan have progressed to the quarter finals after successfully defeating Birmingham City University in the third round of the competition in March this year, after earlier successes versus the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Buckingham.

Speaking about the upcoming moot, Principal Lecturer Marc Howe said

“Oxford Brookes are the defending champions of this highly prestigious national mooting competition, and we wish Jonathan and James the very best of luck in their quarter final”

The moot will take place in the prestigious Headington Hill Hall Moot Court at 1.30pm on Friday 6 May.

Further Success for the School of Law in the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition

Law students mooting

Law students mooting in Headington Hill Hall

Students from the School of Law have defeated the University of Gloucestershire in the second round of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition.  The students, who are both studying on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme, will now progress to the third round of the prestigious national competition, as Oxford Brookes looks to take home the prize for the second year running.

Mooting is the traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. They compete against an opposing counsel and before a judge making it is a crucial training exercise.

James Fennemore, who was part of Oxford Brookes’ winning team of 2015, said:

“Mooting provides an excellent opportunity to research in much more detail an area of law that you might have covered only in passing on the GDL, which is by necessity a fast-paced and introductory course. You really get to know the case law and the issues at stake, and so it’s a very satisfying way of complementing the ground-work done in lectures and seminars.”

James has recently accepted pupillage from XXIV Old Buildings for 2017 and hopes to practise as a barrister once he qualifies.

He added:

“For anyone interested in the Bar, it also gives you essential advocacy experience: preparing a skeleton argument, arguing your case on your feet, and addressing questions from a judge. Besides being very good fun in itself, this is excellent preparation for pupillage interviews, which often involve a discussion of a recent moot or a similar advocacy exercise.”

The third round of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition will take place on Thursday 17 March 2016.

More information about studying at Law at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Law webpages.

Brookes’ mooting success continues

Law students mooting

Law students mooting

Many congratulations to James Fennemore and Jonathan Goddard, the Oxford Brookes University GDL mooting team, who convincingly defeated the University of Buckingham in the first round of this year’s ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition.

James and Jonathan, will now progress to the second round of this prestigious national competition, which was won last year by Oxford Brookes University.

“In 2015 the School of Law had its most successful mooting year ever, and it is wonderful to see the Brookes tradition of mooting success being continued by this year’s teams”

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and University Teaching Fellow

Two Brookes mooting teams will go head-to-head after success in national competitions

Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves from Oxford Brookes University with their prize of a silver mace

Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves from Oxford Brookes University with their prize of a silver mace

Two Oxford Brookes students studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law won a highly prestigious, national mooting competition last night (23 June). The win means that the pair will now compete against another victorious Oxford Brookes mooting team in the Magna Carta Moot in October.

Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves, who are both studying at the Oxford Brookes School of Law, defeated Northumbria University in the Grand Final of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition which took place in the Royal Courts of Justice. The competition was judged by The Hon. Mrs Justice Andrews, Stewart Boyd CBE QC and Martin Griffiths QC of Essex Court Chambers.

As a result of winning this competition, Nicole and Duncan have been invited to take part in the Magna Carta Moot which is to be held in the Inner Temple on 26 October 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Nicole and Duncan will take on the winners of this year’s Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition which took place in January, who were another Oxford Brookes mooting team, Jonathan Goddard and Brendan Brett. Details of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition can be found on the University news pages.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow in the School of Law said: “It is a great achievement that both these prestigious mooting competitions have been won by Oxford Brookes teams, and it is testament to their hard work and skills as future lawyers.

“To have the Magna Carta Moot between the winners of these two national mooting competitions contested by two Oxford Brookes University teams, is an outstanding achievement and an unprecedented honour.”

Mooting is a traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. All students on academic law programmes in the School of Law have the opportunity to participate in mooting competitions both inside and outside the University.

National Teaching Fellowship accolade for Brookes Lecturer

Marc-Howe

An Oxford Brookes academic has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA); the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. This is the ninth National Teaching Fellowship to be given to those working at Oxford Brookes in the past seven years.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer (Student Experience) and University Teaching Fellow at Oxford Brookes, has been recognised for his teaching values and approach to law education.

I feel honoured and privileged to receive this award, which recognises the central importance of learning and teaching in higher education.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow at Oxford Brookes University

Marc’s desire to bring the study of law to life is evident in his commitment to experiential learning. His teaching seeks to bridge the academic and the professional in the context of the curriculum and extra-curricular activity.

Marc has designed an undergraduate skills module around simulation and experiential learning, organises university mooting and client interviewing competitions and coaches student teams for national and international competitions. In recent years he has coached the winners of the English-Speaking Union Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, Commonwealth Mooting Competition, Oxford Inter-Varsity Mooting Challenge, and Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition. His University Teaching Fellowship projects have involved producing mooting and interviewing films as an open learning and teaching resource.

His students have also acknowledged Marc’s excellence in teaching and for significantly enhancing the student experience by awarding him the winning spot in the ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’ category in the annual Brookes Union Teaching Awards.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.

Each year, when I read about our new National Teaching Fellows, what stands out for me are the comments made by their students who describe them as innovative, engaging, entertaining, genuine and passionate about teaching. This year is no exception.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA

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Brookes’ GDL Mooting Team through to National Quarter Finals

Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves

The School of Law’s mooting team, Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves, have defeated the University of Hertfordshire (who had previously defeated the University of Bristol) in the third round of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition.

Nicole and Duncan, who are both studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law,now progress to the Quarter Finals of this prestigious national competition, where they will face either the University of Sussex or Aberystwyth University.

Check back soon for the results of the Quarter Finals and good luck team!

Brookes team deserving winners in second round of mooting competition

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The teams with Richard Benson QC. Front l-r: Nicole Kapu, Duncan Graves, The Open University team and GDL ‘Master of Moots’, Brendan Brett

Brookes GDL students Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves defeated The Open University in the second round of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition, judged by Richard Benson QC, which was held in the Brookes Moot Court on Wednesday 4 February.

Nicole and Duncan performed excellently in beating The Open University team, who had previously beaten the University of Oxford, to progress to the third round, where they will now face the University of Hertfordshire.

Congratulating the winning team, Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and coach to the GDL mooting teams, said this of the team:

Nicole and Duncan performed at the highest level in this moot, and were once again deserving winners in a closely-fought contest.

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ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition Success

left to right; Opposition, Opposition, Duncan, Nicole

(back) left to right; Opposition, Opposition, Duncan, Nicole

Many congratulations to Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves, the Oxford Brookes University GDL mooting team, who defeated Buckinghamshire New University in the first round of this year’s ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition.

Nicole and Duncan, who won the Oxford Brookes GDL Mooting Competition in early December, now progress to the second round, where they will face either the University of Oxford, who haven’t beaten Brookes in 3 years, or the Open University.

The losing-finalists of the Brookes’ GDL Mooting Competition, Jonathan Goddard and Brendan Brett will represent Oxford Brookes in the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition in the New Year.