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April 24, 2012

Aberdeen and Robert Gordon law students have ‘day in court’!

Law students from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon universities are battling to win the Granite City Mooting Competition on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm.

This annual competition takes place between students from both of Aberdeen’s law schools, and this year the University of Aberdeen is being represented by Fraser Matheson (21) from Dingwall and Tom Richard (22) from Wick, while Robert Gordon University is being represented by Katie Irving (21) from Fraserburgh and Robert Templeton (24) from Kintore. All parties are to appear before Sheriff Summers at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

President of the University of Aberdeen Mooting Society, Neale Tosh, explains, “Mooting offers students a great opportunity to gain real experience of being 'on their feet' in court. Each team is issued with a set of facts which relate to a legal dispute. The teams are tasked with researching the relevant area of law and then constructing an argument which sets out clearly and convincingly why their client should win the case. They must then deliver that argument by way of oral submissions to a judge in such a way as to persuade him to find in their favour.”

He continues, “This competition tries to showcase the best talent that each university has to offer. It is fitting therefore that this year’s competition is sponsored by Brodies LLP, a firm which has a longstanding reputation for the quality of, amongst other things, its litigation work.”

Chairman of Brodies LLP, Joyce Cullen, says, “We are delighted to support the Granite City Mooting Competition, which is a great way for aspiring lawyers to hone the skills they will need in practice and of shining a spotlight on some of the future stars of the Scottish legal profession.”

She continues, "At Brodies we are committed to fostering mooting and debating at all levels – in schools, through our support of the Scotland team in the World Schools Debating Championship; at university, through the Granite City Mooting Competition, and among the junior lawyers working in our Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh offices as part of their continuing professional development."

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