KCL triumphs in Taylor Wessing commercial challenge

King’s College London (KCL) has scooped the first ever Taylor Wessing Commercial Challenge Cup after beating rival London universities to win a fictional legal contract for the firm.

The successful team, called King’s Commercial Advisors, managed to demonstrate enough vocal dexterity and business acumen to the judging panel to win the competition, which saw 26 teams create a fictional pitch to advise on a management buyout.

Taylor Wessing’s co-graduate recruitment partner Jayne Schnider said: “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of the written pitches and, of course, the final presentations which were extremely polished and demonstrated that the students had grasped the key commercial issues faced by the client.”

The competition saw three finalists from KCL, University College London and the London School of Economics deliver their pitches to the prospective client’s management board on 17 March.

The fantasy management board was made up of a range of people including graduate recruitment partners, Neil Smyth and Schnider, as well as trainee solicitors and associates from the firm.

The winning team including Emily Cuzner, Jesse Lozano, Barry Griffin and Philip Povey, were then whisked away in the style of hit BBC2 series The Apprentice and treated to a slap up meal at a top London restaurant.