All-Dundee final at Lord Jones Moot 2020 ensures victory for hosts

All-Dundee final at Lord Jones Moot 2020 ensures victory for hosts

Pictured (L-R): Craig McCann, James Beattie, Cameron Irons, Lord Kinclaven, Lori Anderson, Ruairidh Gilchrist and Chloe Smith

Dundee University has prevailed at the annual Lord Jones Moot competition.

This year’s competition saw 12 teams compete from the Universities of Dundee, Abertay, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Napier, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

Victory was secured for the hosts after both Dundee teams won their semi-final rounds.

The University of Dundee Mooting Society hosts the annual inter-varsity moot competition, which is held in commemoration of the late Lord Jones, one time law student of the University of Dundee and honorary president of the Mooting Society.

Now in its fifth year, the competition follows the Inner Temple style with teams preparing both sides of the problem and being given just ten minutes’ notice of which side they will advocate on behalf of in each moot.

Over the course of the day each team mooted numerous times before the highest scoring ones went forward to compete in the latter stages and, ultimately, in the final.

Lord Kinclaven presided over the all-Dundee final, while Professor Herbert Kerrigan QC and advocate Ximena Vengoechea were judges.

Solicitors and staff of DWF were also in attendance.

Professor Kerrigan said: “I had the pleasure of judging four rounds of the Lord Jones Moot at the University of Dundee. The problem the students were given was horrendous but the standard from each of the competing universities was extremely high with only a few marks separating the teams who all managed not to be side-tracked with collateral issues raised in the problem.

“If each of the competitors comes into the legal profession we will be well served and they have a bright future. The final, judged by Lord Kinclaven, was a home victory with only 4 marks in it so congratulations to Dundee 1 and Dundee 2 for a spirited contest! Well done to all the others and thanks to Lady Fiona Jones for her generous support and moving speech.”

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