3rd July 2002




University of Lincoln law students will be playing in front of a home crowd when they bid to win the UK’s premier mooting competition on Saturday (6th July).


The final of the prestigious OUP Blackstone Moot will be staged at the Brayford Pool campus – 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 Oxford University Press sponsored competition despite the fact that Lincoln had never entered mooting competitions before 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.


Judging the proceedings this weekend will be Stuart Brown QC, Jayne Wilkes Chief Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Lincoln, and Philip Cragg, managing partner with Langley’s Solicitors in Lincoln.


Each moot team is set a problem on a different area of law which contains a legal issue or questions which the teams argue before a judge in a fictional court.


“We see this as a chance to develop our careers and hope to obtain training contracts on the basis of our experience,” said Paul, of Turner Street, Kirton-in-Lindsey.


“We have received letters of congratulations from Cherie Booth QC, Gillian Merron MP and the dean of our faculty.”


Members of the public are welcome to watch the event, which will take place in the Vice Chancellor’s suite at the Brayford Pool campus on Saturday from 12.30pm.


The Lincoln team will also be representing England and Wales at the international negotiation competition from 10th to 13th July at an event in London.


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

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