8th July 2002




University of Lincoln law students just missed out on victory in the UK’s premier mooting competition on Saturday (6th July).


Competing on home soil at the Brayford Pool campus, Paul Verrico and Peter Ward finished second out of five finalists in the OUP Blackstone Moot.


The Lincoln team finished behind City University but ahead of the three other finalists – the University of Derby, the University of Hull and De Montfort University.


This year was the first in which Lincoln law students have entered national mooting competitions, and by dint of their success Peter and Paul enabled the final to be held outside London for the first time in the competition’s history.


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.


On the judging panel on Saturday were 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.


“The standard was very high and the judging was extremely challenging, which meant that all the students were really put through their paces,” said a University of Lincoln spokesman.


“The judges were very impressed by the high quality of preparation on the part of all the students.”


Paul, of Turner Street, Kirton-in-Lindsey, and Peter, of Broughton near Brigg, will be representing England and Wales at the international negotiation competition in London from Wednesday until Saturday (10th to 13th July), having won the national Negotiation Competition in March.


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