Students from The City Law School have trumped rivals from across the UK after winning both first and second place in a prestigious national competition for aspiring barristers.
The two City teams triumphed in the 2011 finals of the National Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Provider Criminal Trial Competition, held earlier this month at Blackfriars Crown Court in central London.
The winning team was led by Genevieve Reed and also comprised Olivia Potts, Alex West, Duncan Jones and Sebastian Winnett while City’s second team, led by Rosa Abulafia, finished as runners-up and included Tom Doble, Shiv Haria Sha, Catriona Hodge and Miriam Foster. The result means the School’s second team was more successful than the top team from every other BPTC provider in England and Wales.
The competition, which took place over three rounds, was judged by William Boyce QC. He praised the students’ winning performance in the courtroom, commenting: “You haven’t done it for real but you are already better than some people who are being paid to do it.”
The two teams were mentored by City BPTC lecturers Stuart Lindsay and Simone Start.
Stuart said: “This was a clean sweep for City, whose students defeated all comers in the earlier rounds. The standard of advocacy achieved by our teams was exceptional and is a true testament to their hard work and the skills they have obtained here on the BPTC.”
Stuart Sime, City’s BPTC Course Director, added: “This is an astounding performance. I would like to record my thanks to Stuart and Simone for the high-quality training they provided to both teams. This result also highlights the quality of our advocacy staff, who are obviously doing all the right things with our BPTC students.”
This is the latest high-profile success for City Law School students after Anthony Pavlovich and Andrew McIntyre took first and second prizes in the fiercely-contested Times Law Awards earlier this year.