21st March 2003




Student lawyers from 12 UK universities will spend two days in negotiations in Lincoln this weekend.


The Negotiation Competition is being staged at the University of Lincoln thanks to the achievements of Lincoln law students Paul Verrico and Peter Ward, who won last year’s competition at the Inns of Court School of Law.


Twelve student teams have progressed from this year’s regional heats and will negotiate their way in pairs through three legal scenarios on Saturday and Sunday (22nd and 23rd March) in a bid to win the 2003 contest.


The fictitious cases include a model injured during a visit to a hair salon, a negotiation between a mail order company and a call centre service provider and a government department which ran into problems with a scheme to promote geology in schools.


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


Now in its sixth year, the competition is designed to promote greater interest among law students in the skill of negotiation, which is a crucial component in alternative dispute resolution.


All 12 finalists will participate in all three rounds, two on Saturday 22nd March and one on Sunday 23rd  March, at the Brayford Pool campus.


The competition will take place in the main academic building from 11.30am until 5.30pm on Saturday and from 9am until 1pm on Sunday.


The participating teams are: Staffordshire (two), Kingston (two), Cambridge, Southampton, University College Northampton, Reading, City, Liverpool John Moores, Hull and the College of Law.



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

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


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