31st May 2002




University of Lincoln law students will be on home territory when they bid to win the UK’s premier mooting competition in July.


The final of the prestigious OUP Blackstone Moot will be staged at the Brayford Pool campus on 6th July – the first time the event has left London since its inception.


The University of Lincoln team of Paul Verrico and Peter Ward will be competing against the University of Hull, De Montfort University, City University (London) and the University of Derby.


The pair knocked out the favourites – University College London – to reach the final of the competition despite the fact that Lincoln had never entered mooting competitions before this year.


Lincoln’s legal eagles have already won The Negotiation Competition this year.


The OUP Blackstone Moot is a national mock legal argument competition for UK university students which has been running for five years, attracting entries from 50 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


This year a leading QC from Leeds will chair the bench of three barristers who will adjudicate over the proceedings.


Each moot team is set a moot problem on a different area of law for each of the preliminary four or five rounds of the competition. The problem contains a legal issue or questions which the teams argue before a judge in a fictional Court of Appeal or House of Lords.


“Sponsors Oxford University Press are looking forward to the event moving out of the capital for the first time in its history,” said competition organiser Lynne Townley.


Members of Oxford University Press will attend to represent the sponsors and the winners and runners-up will receive substantial cash prizes.


Members of the public are welcome to watch the event, which will take place in the Vice Chancellor’s office at the Brayford Pool campus on Saturday 6th July from 12 noon until 8pm.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

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