On 4th October, the MJLD team will be participating in the 5km Liverpool Legal Walk to help raise money for free legal advice charities to help those most in need!
We would be grateful for any donations, every penny counts! The link to our sponsorship is:
The legal walk has been sent up by The North West Legal Support Trust. Check out their website for more information…
Red Door Drinks and American Pizza Slice
Summer is over, but the fun is not! Join the MJLD for free drinks, pizza and roof top views at Red Door on Berry Street on Thursday 1 September to combat those end of summer blues…
Sponsored by Law Costing Limited, entry is free from 6pm-late with free drinks and American Pizza Slice provided.
Contact socialMJLD@gmail.com to confirm your place.
See you there!
Saturday night was the most anticipated events in the Merseyside Junior Lawyers calendar. It saw the annual charity ball, this year supporting Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
The event took place at Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, and was decorated in spectacular style with a live band, dance floor and casino tables.
Attendees were extremely supportive of our chosen charity, raising in excess of £1,500 on the night. The main fundraising raffle was a balloon extravaganza, with purchased raffle tickets hidden in helium balloons.
The event could not have taken place without the support of our sponsors:
Headline Sponsor – Law Costing
Drinks Reception Sponsor – The University of Law
Photobooth Sponsor – Anakin Seal
A further thank you is extended to everyone who donated raffle prizes to help us raise such a great sum on the night.
And finally, a huge thank you from MJLD to everyone that attended and made the evening the success that it was.
Date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Venue: Revolution, 2 Temple Court, Liverpool, L2 6PY
Time: 6pm – 8pm
During the evening, we will be providing help and guidance across the following topics:
- An overview of the current legal market and expected demand for NQ solicitors
- Information regarding regional, national, international and in-house opportunities
- CV guidance
- Suggested timescales to work towards
- Interview techniques
- Salary information
- An opportunity for you to chat to us informally over drinks and nibbles after the presentation
We look forward to seeing you there
RSVP to Nikki Greaves: email@example.com
Anakin Seal and Merseyside JLD would like to invite you to a presentation aimed at trainee solicitors approaching qualification in 2016.
Adam Zdravkovic, Conor McQuistin and Kiah Winterbottom will be in attendance from Anakin Seal and will talk you through the basics of securing a NQ role in 2016/2017.
The special guest Andrew Langfeld, In-House Solicitor at Princes in Liverpool, will give some insight into in-house as a junior solicitor, and what you should be doing now to achieve an in-house role in the future.
Topics will include:
- Overview of market, busy and quiet disciplines, NQ salary levels and the importance of accruing PQE – in relation to law firms in Liverpool and beyond.
- CV preparation and advice for internal as well as external applications.
- Interview preparation specifically for NQ roles.
- Whether to move on qualification or accept an internal position.
- Quick overview of service provided by Anakin Seal.
- FAQs e.g. in-house NQ roles, which discipline will future proof my career?
- Any other questions.
The consultants will be available to speak at the end of the talk for any more specific queries.
To be held at:
BPP Law School Liverpool
1st Floor – Merchants Court
2-12 Lord Street
To reserve a place, please RSVP to Triin.Ungert88@law.ac.uk
We look forward to seeing you there!
The fourth annual National Speed Mooting Competition took place on 20 February 2016. This year’s competition was hosted by Salford University.
The competition featured 65 participants each trying to prove that they are the best speed mooter in the country. Competitors travelled the length and breadth of the nation to take part, with competitors travelling from as far as Sunderland and London. Unlike most national mooting competitions, competitors represented themselves rather than their institution. The aim of the competition was to give all law undergraduate and GDL students the opportunity to compete.
The moot problem was released to competitors at 4pm the night before the competition to replicate the scenario in practice when a barrister or solicitor receives a late brief to appear in court the following day. Submissions were limited to 7 minutes (including the time for judicial intervention) in the initial rounds, and 10 minutes in the semi-final and final. Pre drafted skeleton arguments for both the appellant and the respondent were included in the bundle, along with the case law that competitors were allowed to cite. This meant that participants did not need to spend time researching or drafting and were therefore assessed solely on their oral advocacy.
To make the competition even more realistic, the judges included a district judge, barristers, solicitors, BPTC graduates and lecturers. In total, there were 31 judges in attendance on the day. Judges travelled from far afield, with practitioners from the London and Midlands circuit in attendance. There were also local judges, with practitioners from the North West, including those from the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division.
The calibre of mooting throughout the day was very high, which made the job of judging the competition very difficult. Competitors were judged on:
- The court room etiquette and manner of each mooter and each contestant;
- The presentation and clarity of each mooter’s speech;
iii. The mooter’s ability to develop their argument;
- The use made by each mooter of each authority or other literature cited; and
- The ability of each mooter to deal with the judge’s interventions.
This year’s moot problem featured an Appellant that had contracted the Respondent to build a chicken coup at her property for a price of £13,590. The contract stipulated that the chicken coup must be completed by 25 May 2015. Due to unforeseeable circumstances the work was delayed and a further agreement made; that being, that the work would be finished within the original timeframe in exchange for a further £4,410. The work was completed on time. However, the Appellant, upon being invoiced for £18,000, insisted that she could only afford to pay £15,000 due to financial difficulties. The offer was accepted and the Respondent later received a cheque for £15,000 together with a bottle of whiskey. The Respondent subsequently claimed the remaining £3,000 plus interest, after seeing the Appellant driving an expensive sports car. The Appellant refused to pay the money.
The moot problem was therefore a classic part payment of debt issue. This is something that almost every law/GDL student will have studied in their first semester at law school. Consequently, all participants should have been on a level playing field with regard to their level of knowledge of the legal issues involved.
The day began with the first 3 rounds of the competition before breaking for lunch. After lunch, the competition continued and progressed into the later rounds. To make the day worthwhile for those that may have been eliminated early on, there was a case analysis workshop. This was delivered by criminal barristers Alex Orndal (Oriel Chambers, Liverpool) and Alex Langhorn (9 St John Street Chambers, Manchester). They each took a cohort of students and gave an analysis of a criminal brief. The workshop focused on case preparation, examination of witnesses and closing speeches. After the workshop, the two barristers went head to head in a mock trial, with Mr Orndal successfully securing a prosecution. It may be a hollow victory given that the Defendant in the dock was not the best client Mr Langhorn could have hoped for!
Just before the final moot, there was a Q&A session which featured a panel of lawyers of varying disciplines and experience. The panel featured:
Richard Burrows (Solicitor), Derrick Harris (Solicitor), Jac Armstrong (Pupil Barrister), Marc Asquith (Barrister), Sundeep Virk Singh (Barrister), District Judge Stewart, Lisa Splain (Solicitor), Katriona Stanford (Employed Barrister at the Serious Fraud Office).
The Q&A session was very useful for the students in attendance. They received guidance on applications for pupillage and training contracts, the realities of life in practice and the key differences in the professions.
After the Q&A session, the final of the 2015/2016 National Speed Mooting Competition took place. The final involved two students from University College London; Zander Goss and Teodore Chua. It was a hard fought contest and very close to call. After a valiant effort from both finalists, Zander Goss came out on top and won the competition. The trophies for both finalists were presented by the founder and organiser of the National Speed Mooting Competition, John Dove.
More information about the competition can be found on speedmooting.com.