CoL wins national mediation challenge

The College of Law’s (CoL) Bloomsbury branch has scooped top prize a national mediation competition.

The three former Bar Vocational Course students and senior lecturer David Cusick triumphed over 12 other teams from around the UK and overseas.

Cusick said: “Our team demonstrated a very high level of skill and a clear understanding of the need for team work. Congratulations to them all, they should be proud of this achievement.”

One of the team members, Amy Perkins, also came third in the individual category out of nearly 40 students. She began her pupillage two months ago at 1 Hare Court, a family law set in Temple, London.

Liverpool John Moores University’s school of law hosted the two-day event where three different scenarios were given to the teams to test their mediation and teamwork skills.

Another team member, Corey Francis said: “It [the competition] was certainly intellectually and emotionally draining conducting mediations over the course of the weekend, but immensely satisfying to win.”

Francis and fellow team member, Nicola Campbell, are currently working for LexisNexis and Campbell is due to start her pupillage at Hailsham Chambers in Temple in October.

The competition’s UK-based teams included Liverpool John Moores University, University of Strathclyde, Manchester Metropolitan University, Queen’s University Belfast, BPP Law School (London and Leeds), Kingston University, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Reading, CoL (Chester) and Leeds Metropolitan University.