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Congratulations to the finalists of the Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition

28 Jun 2023

The Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition is a competition Middle Temple holds for its student members and is open to those on the Bar course or the GDL. Each year the competition starts off with approximately 64 teams, and they proceed through the rounds on a knockout basis. Each Moot is judged by one of the senior members of the Inn, who make the decision of who proceeds to the next round based on the Mooters advocacy skills.

The first two rounds are held online, to give the mooters a taste of online advocacy, the following two rounds are then held in person, but without an audience. The Semi-Finals and the Final are then held in Middle Temple Hall, in front of an audience.

The first Semi-Final for the 2023 Competition was held on Monday 19 June 2023. The Appellant team was Melissa Dube and Alexander Fernandes and the Respondent team was Georgie Dibbo and Emily Chapman. The Moot judge bench consisted of The Hon Mr Justice Martin Chamberlain, The Hon Mrs Justice Karen Steyn DBE and Tom Little KC and the moot problem was a criminal problem written by Laurie-Anne Power KC.

After an evenly fought contest, the Moot Bench concluded that the Respondent team, Georgie Dibbo and Emily Chapman, were the winners.

The second Semi Final was held on Monday 26 June 2023, on the issue of Medical Law and the moot problem which was set by Dr Colm McGrath. The mooters on the evening were Andrew Eve and Farhana Iqbal for the Appellants and for the Defendants were Lily Hines and Charlotte Haime. The Moot judges were The Hon Mr Justice Derek Sweeting, The Hon Mr Justice Martin Chamberlain, and Kate Grange KC.

The successful team was Andrew Eve and Farhana Iqbal.