BPP wins dispute resolution competition

A group of would-be barristers from BPP Law School have been celebrating success after winning the International Academy of Dispute Resolution competition held in the US last month.

The annual event, which took place in Chicago, attracted 36 teams from around the world, all of whom were tasked with competing against each other in three mediation scenarios.

The BPP team managed to win four out of five awards up for grabs at the event, which saw teams battle their way out of an insurance dispute, an out of court settlement following a car accident and a disagreement between a franchising company and one of its franchisees.

BPP’s chief executive Peter Crisp said: “Our team of three students put in a tremendous effort before and during the competition, and this phenomenal success is down to their hard work and talent; not to mention the support of their coach, BVC lecturer Rahim Shamji whose drive, enthusiasm and determination have in no small way contributed to this great result.”

The BPP team walked away with prizes for outstanding new international mediation programme, best international law school, the attorney/client division category and came third in the main award – best overall mediation team.

There were six UK law schools present – BPP, Liverpool John Moores, Staffordshire, Queens (Belfast), Strathclyde and the College of Law.  

The largest country representation was from the US, which entered a total of 23 teams.