In a mooting update and continuing on the great successes that OU students have had over the years Joe Broadway and Michael Linnane are the 2018 UKELA Junior Moot competition winners.
Current OULS Master of Moots Michael Linnane together with OULS Member Joe Broadway teamed up to compete in the UKELA Dame Frances Patterson Moot 2018 with the finals being held last week at King’s College London and sponsored by No 5 Chambers. The UKELA awarded all finalists free membership for the year whilst No5 Chambers kindly awarded £150 to the winning team together with an offer to take up a one-week mini-pupillage each at the prestigious No5 Chambers. As winners they were also given a free one-year subscription to the leading journal, Environmental Law and Management, kindly provided by Lawtext Publishing.
Joe and Michael were tasked in the semi-final with arguing for the right to obtaining a protected cost order for a private nuisance claim based on environmental rights and the absence of which would be a breach of the appellant’s rights under the Art 9. Aarhus Convention. In the final they then had to instead argue on behalf of the respondents that no such breach exists as there are cheaper alternative statutory nuisance routes available to the appellant and so no protected costs order should be required.
Michael said of the day “We were both astounded to win the moot, especially given the calibre of the opposition. It was a nerve wracking day but the hard work paid off and it was a great challenge in the end and a thoroughly enjoyable day!”
Joe said “We both had a great day, it was hard work but really good fun too and to meet so many great people – what a privilege. It was great walking out of Kings College as the winners!”
The final was judged by Mr Justice Dove and he also kindly presented the trophy to Joe and Michael.
Joseph Beet – OULS News Editor