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BPTC student Darryl Hutcheon is crowned Senior Moot Champion 2014

The competition was sponsored by Savills, one of the world's largest property experts
by Sophie

nullA student on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) has won The City Law School's inaugural Senior Moot. Darryl Hutcheon (pictured, left) was awarded the title of Senior Moot Champion 2014 and a prize of £1000. The competition was sponsored by property experts Savills with the final held at their headquarters in London on Friday 9th May.

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) student Zachary Kell was selected as the runner-up and awarded £500. Fellow GDL student Martin Horne and BPTC candidate Andrew Lomas were each awarded a prize of £250 for reaching the final.

Barrister Joanne Moss is a Lecturer at The City Law School. She comments:

"Mooting is an ancient art by which lawyers over the centuries have trained themselves and each other by arguing theoretical cases just as though they were real cases. The problems always focus on the most challenging and uncertain areas of our law. Hence the saying: 'It is a moot point.'  It is enthusiastically pursued across the legal world of the common law, and increasingly in Europe. Mooting is an international phenomenon that binds together lawyers in common training, and in India even has its own league like football does here".

nullIn the final, each student had to take the role of counsel, either for the appellant or for the respondent, in this imaginary appeal to the Court of Appeal.

The case concerned an imaginary lottery and the failure of one of the parties to purchase what, with the benefit of hindsight, would have been the winning ticket.

(Finalists L-R: Zachary Kell; Martin Horne; Andrew Lomas; Darryl Hutcheon)

nullThe final was judged by Mr Derek Wood CBE QC (pictured right, with the Senior Moot trophy) who expressed his compliments about the high standards exhibited by the competitors and commented on the challenges modern advocates face:

"A balance has to be struck between explaining the case in a neutral way and getting your ideas into the judge's head - that is a delicate balance to be struck".

The Senior Moot was open to almost 800 postgraduate lawyers within The City Law School, spanning four professional and graduate programmes; the BPTC, LPC, GDL and GE LLB. The original 64 places were snapped up within an hour of being made available.

Clive Beer, Savills Head of Professional Services, commented:

"It was fascinating listening to the four finalists argue their points with all four candidates delivering very strong arguments. We were pleased to be able to support what I believe will now become an annual fixture."

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