Sarah wins the Lady Oliver Mooting Cup

Four Law students competed in the annual internal mooting competition.

Date: 15 May 2017

Four Law students from London Metropolitan University competed for the Lady Oliver Mooting Cup in front of Lord Reed, a Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the most senior judges in the world, on Thursday 11 May.

The Lady Oliver Mooting Cup is an internal prize at the University. It was named after Lady Oliver, who was Head of Law at the London Guildhall University, a predecessor of London Met, and died in service. The competition is judged by members of the House of Lords and Supreme judges who have commented that the competition is one of “the best mooting competitions [they’ve] ever seen.”

Taking part in the competition were students Austin Hamilton, a second year LLB Law student; Nada Karsakov, a first year BA International Relations and Law student; Sarah Harty (first year Graduate Diploma in Law student; and Daniel Dawson first year Graduate Diploma in Law student.

Lord Reed highly commended all the students for their outstanding mooting skills, saying that the mooting at London Met was the best he had ever seen. For Sarah, who won the coveted trophy, he had special praise, describing her performance as “totally professional.”

“Mooting makes you roll your sleeves up and engage with cases, legal research and advocacy in a practical way, with challenge from real-life barristers and judges,” said Sarah Harty, the winner of the competition (pictured right).

“It puts you on the spot in a scary but productive way.”

Lord Reed spent half an hour chatting to the students who had come to watch the moot, before joining the mooters for a delightful intimate supper at a local restaurant.

“We cannot thank Lord Reed enough for giving his time to us in this way. It is massively appreciated by both the students and the staff,” said Barrie Goldstone, Head of Law at London Met.