It has certainly been a great year for our School of Law‘s Mooting Society and now they can add another achievement under their belt. When pitted against the University of Cambridge in a Mooting competition final, it was Birmingham City University that came on top- well done guys! What a great way to finish the mooting season!

Second year Law student Anna Hajilari who brought the trophy home along with student Ali Kazi, gave Views@BCU the lowdown of their victory…


This year I had the amazing opportunity, along with Ali Kazi, to partake in the first Thirteen Old Square Chambers Invitational Mooting Competition, which was hosted by the University of Bedfordshire.

It was a brilliant experience, which turned out to be beneficial for both of us as we emerged as the overall winners. We were proud to be representing Birmingham City University and bringing back the trophy. While preparing for the day, the wonderful Sarah Cooper and Scarlett McArdle helped us by giving step by step advice on how to tackle the moot problem and advice on how to prepare the bundles and skeleton arguments.

I was more than happy on the day to be working with Ali and having the support of the president of our society, Farukh Bhatti. We competed against two capable teams; University of Bedfordshire and University of Cambridge. They were all very strong and capable competitors which always makes a competition even more interesting. The competition was perfectly organised by the University of Bedfordshire Law Association and we received a warm welcome from Ashlin Humphreys.


Both me and Ali were excited to get in the finals against Cambridge and we wanted to do our best and make our university proud. Of course, it was not easy standing up in front of the Deputy District Judge, Charles Duchenne. However, it was a once in a lifetime experience for me to appear before him so we both made sure we did our best and walked away with the trophy and a wide smile! You feel a rush of excitement and stress in your body thinking that you are in the finals and, for those who truly enjoy mooting, a competition like this is a marvellous opportunity, which will help you gain experience and confidence.

After the winners were announced, we were presented with trophies and certificates, followed by pictures with the judge and the runner-up team. However, the best prize of the day was a mini-pupillage at a Lincoln’s Inn firm, which, under other circumstances, would be difficult to obtain. We were all super excited and over the moon with the wonderful news and we were both satisfied with our performance.

After a long day, full of mooting and competing, it was all worth it and we were honoured to be representing Birmingham City University and our wonderful Mooting Society.

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