Annual Junior Mooting Competition

Justice Lang, Matthew Mortimer, Yvonne Wang, Devon Kemp, Hannah Croucher and Associate Judge Bell
Caitlin Hollings, Gretta Schumacher, Tom Cleary, Jason Zwi and Stephen Laing

Shortland Chambers recently hosted the prizegiving and post-final function for the AYL and NZBA Annual Junior Mooting Competition. The event, which has been running for a number of years, offers practitioners with fewer than 5 years PQE a unique opportunity to practice their court advocacy skills.  Each team works with an accomplished barrister as mentor, and competes in a series of preliminary and final rounds to progress to the Final.

The Final was judged this year by Associate Judge Roger Bell and Justice Lang, of the Auckland High Court.  Both Judges were complimentary of the quality of the final moot, both in terms of advocacy skills demonstrated by the competitors, and the treatment of commercial subject matter by four competitors specialising in criminal law.  

Congratulations to Hannah Croucher and Devon Kemp, the runners-up, from PDS, and to the winners, Matthew Mortimer from Meredith Connell and Yvonne Wang practising as an independent barrister.

A special thanks to the members of Shortland Chambers, and in the wider membership of the New Zealand Bar Association, who assisted as mentors to a number of teams in the preliminary rounds.  A particular thanks is extended to the members of our Senior Bar who generously gave up their time to adjudicate the preliminary and advanced rounds – David Bigio QC, Lady Deborah Chambers QC, David Jones QC, Jane Anderson QC and Daniel McLellan QC.

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