The Open University Law Society Moot Team: Left to Right – Peter Blackburn, Gwyn Hopkins, Damian Wynne, Keren Bright (Director of Law @ OU), Craig Breed, Phil Zack, Naomi Cross.
One of the pleasures of twitter is information. I’d been tweeting with fellow tweeter @juefrangos of the Open University some time back and we kept in touch on matters of mutual interest in legal education.
I am delighted, today, to report on the the success of an initiative by Jue Frangos and a small group of friends from The Open University Law Society who entered themselves in the ICLR National Moot Tournament, initially without any formal support from The Open University, and won it against Exeter University.
Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice Cranston judged the final, and had high praise for the advocacy skills of all four of the student mooters before them. They argued their cases well and remained impressively calm under the fire of constant interjections and questioning from the judges.
The case before the moot court in the final concerned a disabled pensioner who brought an action in public nuisance against a property development company. Dust and noise pollution from the development of a block of flats had caused the pensioner to suffer from bronchitis and insomnia.
Mooting is not only an important part of the legal education of all future lawyers (not just future barristers), it is also enjoyable. I remember taking part in many moots at law school with my mooting partner. He is now a very well known silk. It is an impressive achievement to win this prestigious ICLR competition – particularly for a group of students who, as is traditional at The Open University, study remotely and often on a part-time basis. I raise my glass of rioja to you! Bravo!