National Mooting success for Aberystwyth

30 March 2015

Winners Jake Moses and Josh Lovell. Photo by CJ Photography.
Winners Jake Moses and Josh Lovell. Photo by CJ Photography.

Aberystwyth University’s Mooting Society has been announced as the winner of the 2015 LexisNexis Welsh National Mooting Competition.

Held during the weekend of 28 -29 March at Bangor, the competition saw students from Wales’ Law Schools going head to head for the prestigious title of national champions.

Representing Aberystwyth at the Moot were Jake Moses, a first year student, and Josh Lovell a third year student, at the Department of Law and Criminology. Jake took on the role of Senior Counsel, whilst Josh was the Junior Counsel for the team.

Following success during the initial three rounds of competitive mooting, Aberystwyth University faced a team from the Open University in the final round, the subject for the moot being Diminished Responsibility and Insanity.

Each round of the moot was judged by independent legal professionals, with the judging panel for the final presided by the Honourable Mr Justice (Sir) Roderick Evans QC, the former Presiding Judge for Wales.

Commenting on their success, Josh Lovell said: “It was a fantastic event, which we could not have won without the support of the Mooting Society. The Society is a real feather in the Department’s cap.”

Congratulating the team, Professor John Williams, Head of the Department of Law and Criminology commented: “I am delighted about  the success of the Department of Law and Criminology Mooting Society in the LexisNexis All Wales Mooting competition.  It is yet another win in what has been a highly  successful year for all the students involved in mooting.  The Department is immensely proud of the Society.  Its members work hard to promote the value of mooting to all students.  For example, this  year the Society  introduced a mooting competition for first year students – sixteen first year students took part and enjoyed it.  A great favourite on our departmental visiting days are the mock trials organised by the Society.  The Mooting Society plays an important part in the life of the Department.

“It is fitting that the LexisNexis trophy finds its way back to Aberystwyth.  Next month we will open our new Mooting Court in the Elystan Morgan Building.   No doubt the trophy will take pride of place.  A great inspiration for future generations of mooters.”

Aberystwyth University Mooting Society is open to all students of the Department of Law and Criminology. The society provides members with the opportunity to develop their mooting skills through a series of training workshops and mooting competitions.

In addition to participating in mooting competitions across the UK, the Aberystwyth Mooting Society also arranges its own internal mooting competition.  This year’s competition will be held in April and the final round will be judged by Sir David Lloyd Jones, Chairman of the Law Commission and Court of Appeal Judge. 

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Alwena Hughes Moakes,
Communications and Public Affairs,
Aberystwyth University,
01970 621933 /