18th March 2002





Student lawyers from Lincoln have chalked up an unprecedented victory by winning The Negotiation Competition in London over the weekend.


Paul Verrico (25) and Peter Ward (24), Law students at the University of Lincoln, have now been asked to represent their country in the international negotiation event after their success at the Inns of Court School of Law yesterday (Sunday).


The pair emerged as the winners against a strong field which included St John’s College, Cambridge, City University and Kingston University in the last four.


Their success is a leap forward for the University of Lincoln, which has never entered a team in the Negotiation Competition before this year.


The panel of judges praised the students’ unusual style of negotiation, which they described as ‘a masterclass’, and awarded the team a perfect score for one of their negotiations over the weekend.


“It was a bit of a shock to win the competition outright,” said Peter Ward, who lives in Broughton, near Brigg. “We were tired and rushing around all day yesterday, so our victory has only just started to hit home.”


Teammate Paul Verrico, of Turner Street in Kirton-in-Lindsey, explained how their bid to win the competition had begun badly on Saturday. “One of our opponents in the first negotiation over a contract for an Internet company was very nervous and we found it difficult to raise our game and get anything agreed,” he said.


“We thought we’d gone out at that stage but our the second negotiation – a divorce settlement – went so well that we pulled ourselves through.”


Paul and Peter have now been invited to represent England and Wales in the international negotation competition in London in July.


The Negotiation Competition, sponsored by CEDR, Hammond Suddards Edge, CASTELL Consulting and The College of Law, gives law students the opportunity to practice and hone their negotiating techniques in front of teams of judges comprising solicitors, barristers, academics and business executives.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk