On the 17th October 2012 Kent Law Temple Society held their first annual Lecturers’ Moot. The event was designed to give students a first-hand experience of what mooting entails and to showcase some exemplary examples of mooting from Kent Law School staff.
The moot saw four of Kent Law School’s lecturers (Per Laleng, Dr Vicky Conway, Darren Weir and Catherine Carpenter) advocating in front of Criminal Law Lecturer Lisa Dickson and Kent Law Temple Society members, students Matthew Gaunt and Matt Lawson.
The problem question concerned a contentious area of criminal law and involved a doctor’s withdrawal of life support from a severely premature baby in the hopes of benefiting a more viable premature baby. At the court of first instance the Doctor had been convicted of murder but appealed on the grounds that the trial judge did not direct the jury to consider the defences of necessity and causation.
After well-reasoned and creative arguments from both sides, the judges left the courtroom to consider their verdict. It was found that the appellants (Laleng and Conway) had sufficiently demonstrated that the judge’s direction was incorrect thereby making the conviction unsafe. Matthew Gaunt delivered the verdict and ordered a retrial.
Following the verdict, there was left the question of ‘Best Mooter’. Due to the impressive advocacy of all competitors, this question warranted more deliberation than the law itself. Matt Lawson delivered the decision and noted that Per Laleng’s authoritative rebuttal had won the approval of the bench and he was therefore awarded the (soon to be prestigious) engraved silver gavel.
The event was a great success drawing in a huge turnout of engaged students and also giving Kent Law Campaign an opportunity to raise funds for the new Law Clinic and Mooting Chambers.
Calling all cyclists and challenge seekers!
Recent Kent Law School graduate, Emanuela Cudjoe, has decided to organise a sponsored cycle from London to Paris in aid of the Kent Law Campaign. The proposed event will take place next summer or early autumn and will be decided according to participants’ availability.
- Distance: 180 miles
- Duration: 3 days cycling
- Price: £489 per person – £150 deposit to be paid on registration to secure the chosen date with the remainder to be paid closer to the time.
Included in the price
- All accommodation
- Buffet breakfast everyday
- Experienced cycle leaders
- Vehicle support
- Ferry crossing to Dieppe
- Eurostar/flight to London
- Transfer of bikes back to London
Day 1 – London (Greenwich) – Newhaven, approx. 60 miles.
- Spend a night in Newhaven and take a morning ferry to Dieppe.
Day 2 – Dieppe – Gournay-en-Bray, approx. 46 miles
- Spend a night in Gournay.
Day 3 Gournay-en-Bray – Paris, approx. 77 miles
Day 4 – Spend a day in Paris
- Evening train/flight to London
If you would like to take part in the challenge or you know someone who would be interested in doing so, please email Emanuela directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be able to send you further information.
This promises to be a very exciting and rewarding challenge, so please do register to take part and help raise funds for this important cause. Don’t forget, the University will match each donation you raise pound for pound.
Not content with just taking part in a sponsored skydive in aid of the Kent Law Campaign, Natalie Salunke, Chair of the Young Alumni Group and Kent alumna (Eliot 2002), increased her sponsorship total to an incredible £3,653 after taking part in the 50 km Thames Path Challenge on Saturday 29 September 2012 and raising £1,615 through asking her family and friends to support her. The trek, which started at 6.30am at Fulham Palace, followed the Thames Path to Windsor and Natalie completed the gruelling challenge in eight hours. We would like to congratulate her on completing this event and thank her for supporting the Campaign.
We are delighted to announce that Courtenay Griffiths QC, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers, has agreed to become a Patron of the Kent Law Campaign.
One of the country’s leading barristers, Courtenay has figured in many very prominent law cases connected to fraud and terrorism, murder and public order – including the Brighton bombing, the Harrods bombing, the Canary Wharf bombing and the Damilola Taylor murder trial.
He has campaigned for an effective legal-aid system, for an awareness of rights in the wider community and for a legal profession that is more reflective of society as a whole.
We welcome him to our Circle of Patrons.