Mark Galtrey wins the Senior Moot 2015
Mark Galtrey (first from left above), studying on The City Law School’s (TCLS) Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) won First Prize in the Senior Moot 2015, held on 7th May at the London headquarters of Savills, the international property experts.
The case for City’s premier postgraduate moot centred around the Bribery Act. Galtrey and his team-mate Samuel Parsons (who won Second Prize) faced the defence team of Edward Blakeney and Guy Oliff-Cooper, who were highly commended for their presentation of arguments.
The Judges for the evening were Professor of Criminal Law at the London School of Economics, Professor Jeremy Horder and Assistant Dean at The City Law School, Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch. Clive Beer, a director of Savills, warmly welcomed finalists, judges, moot directors (Joanne Moss and Emily Allbon) and audience members to the event and presented the trophy and prizes at the end of the moot.
Mark, originally from Liverpool and the holder of a PhD in Materials Science from Cambridge University, picked up the winner’s trophy and £1650. He says that despite a few anxious moments, he looked forward to being a competitor in the Senior Moot 2015: “Having narrowly missed out on a place last year, I was very excited to be part of it. There is always a nervous moment while you are waiting for a moot problem to be downloaded, wondering what the area of law will be and how the problem will be written. But I needn't have worried; the scenario was on the fascinating (if totally unfamiliar) Bribery Act, and the facts were detailed and entertaining, with some thorny legal issues to grapple with.”
He also said:
“Winning was a real surprise, and to be honest just a bonus with everything I learned through the competition and the fun I had, I would have happily gone home empty-handed.”
Participation in the very competitive Senior Moot staged by The City Law School has proven to be an asset to aspiring barristers on the BPTC. Despite stiff competition from last year to last week, Mark remained undaunted:
“Throughout the year, the moots were a great opportunity to practise advocacy, receive honest and constructive feedback from the judges, and to pick up tips from the other excellent competitors. The final had a real sense of occasion thanks to the stunning location, a large and attentive audience, and the prospect of being grilled by experts including the architect of the Bribery Act itself. I was the last to speak, and the standard of the speeches I heard while waiting seemed rather daunting, but once I was on my feet I really started to enjoy the experience, even the judges' politely penetrating questions about my submissions. I'm very grateful to Savills for their generosity and to Joanne Moss for organising everything so smoothly. I'm already looking forward to enjoying next year's final from a comfortable seat in the audience”.
Second Prize winner, Samuel Parsons, took home £750 while other finalists won £300 each.
Joanne Moss, The City Law School’s Moot Director said:
“We are proud of all our finalists and we heartily congratulate Mark Galtrey, this year’s winner. We would also like to record our gratitude to our sponsors, Savills, for their support for the competition and for their warm hospitality. We have enjoyed a very tough set of run-up Moots and a thrilling Final. This competition is a stellar event in the legal calendar.”
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