On 8 March 2019, ELSA UK hosted the Oral Rounds of the first edition of the ELSA UK Commercial Law Moot Court Competition. The Competition simulates the procedures of complaint in a case concerning a commercial contract. For the first edition, the theme elected was financial law to mark the 10 year anniversary since the fall of Lehman Brothers.
The Competition consisted of two rounds. Firstly, all participants submitted Written Submissions on behalf of both parties to the dispute, and secondly, all teams submitted their Oral Submissions during the Oral Rounds. The Competition was attended by teams from the LSE, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Law, the University of London, the University of Kent and the University of Oxford.
The Oral Rounds were hosted at the UCL by ELSA UCL in the newly renovated Bentham House. All teams took part in the two Preliminary Rounds thus giving them the opportunity to represent both parties to the dispute. These parties were the UK branch of the international investment bank Lamen Broders which was being sued for fraudulent misrepresentation by the German investment company Low Risk Investments GmBH. Between the two Preliminary Rounds, participants could enjoy a delicious lunch kindly provided by the UCL Law School. This also provided for a great opportunity for participants, judges and organisers to network.
After the two Preliminary Rounds, scores were added up, double and triple checked, before we could finally reveal the teams qualifying for the Final Round of the Competition. These were Queen Mary University of London for the Applicant and the University of Oxford for the Respondent. Tensions were high as everyone got seated in the beautiful UCL mooting chamber. The teams not only had to perform in front of a large audience, but also answer the sharp judicial interventions from our judging panel consisting of 4 judges. Our judges challenged the participants with fierce questions and both teams had to ask for time extensions.
After long deliberations, the judging panel came to a conclusion and provided thorough feedback for the participants. We had prizes for the Best Overall Team, the Best Written Submission and the Best Oralist. The latter was offered a mini pupillage with our partner Maitland Chambers. The Best Overall Team was the University of Oxford, which also produced the best Written Submission. The Best Oralist was Ms Frances Chui from the University of Oxford.
After a long day of mooting, we invited all participants and judges to join us for a glass of wine, beer or juice, again kindly provided by the UCL Law School. This set a nice formal ending to the event and allowed for a great networking opportunity. All judges stayed for this networking session, and participants eargly sought individual feedback and advice.
I wish to thank the team at ELSA UCL for their hard work on this Competition, Maitland Chambers for their continued support, our esteemed judges, my directors Laura Cestaro and Jason Law, the Board of ELSA UK, and of course the teams without whom there would be no competition.
Pictures of the Competition are showed below.
Sarah Ikast Kristoffersen is an LLM Candidate from the University of Copenhagen. She holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and an LLB from the University of Copenhagen. In addition to serving as the Vice President for Moot Court Competitions of ELSA UK, she is also the Director for Nordic Cooperation of ELSA Denmark and Assistant for Regional Rounds of ELSA International.