“Bright future” in legal profession awaits Giles Wilson Annual Moot 2015 champions Chris and Nathan
Friday, 10 July 2015
Seevic College A-Level Law students Chris Ndaywel and Nathan Long have a “bright future ahead of them in the legal profession” after triumphing at the prestigious Giles Wilson Annual Moot 2015.
A mooting competition is a mock legal hearing in which students act as legal counsel and deliver oral arguments on one or more points of law.
Through a series of fierce debates Chris, 18, and Nathan, 17, made their case, overcoming challengers from other South Essex sixth-forms including Belfairs Academy, Southend High School for Boys and Greensward Academy.
The final took place at the offices of Giles Wilson in Leigh-on-Sea on Thursday 18 June.
Chris and Nathan were judged on their advocacy skills and strategy by a panel comprising Richard Balchin and Grahame Richardson of Trinity Chambers in Chelmsford, District Judge Ashworth of Southend County Court and Philip Giles of Giles Wilson in Leigh-on-Sea, who sponsored the event.
The reward for the budding legal professionals was the prestigious Giles Wilson Moot Cup and
work experience placements with Giles Wilson and Trinity Chambers.
Jonathan Hodge of Giles Wilson said: “Nathan and Chris were both excellent advocates who clearly have bright futures ahead of them in the legal profession. Giles Wilson organised this competition to encourage younger students to actively demonstrate their interest in the law to universities, and I am glad Seevic College has recognised the potential benefits and fully supported their students.”
David Brock, Programme Area Manager for Vocational Studies at Seevic College, was called to the bar as a barrister in November 2001 and mentored Chris and Nathan in the build-up to the moot.
He said: “The guys only started the real preparation for the competition once their AS exams had been completed. They both worked incredibly hard at home and in sessions at the college, going over strategy and practising advocacy skills. I am hugely proud of their achievements.
“Chris and Nathan have gained valuable experience in real hands-on legal work. The prize of work experience with both the solicitors firm and barristers chambers will only enhance this experience further. All of this on their UCAS applications in October will be invaluable.”
Chris lives in Southend-on-Sea and previously attended Futures Community College. He is studying A-Levels in Law, Media Studies and French.
Nathan lives in Benfleet and previously attended The Appleton School. He is studying A-Levels in Law, Biology, Chemistry and Classical Civilisation.
More information about the moot can be found on the Giles Wilson blog: www.gileswilson.co.uk/moot
Seevic College offers the widest choice of A-Levels in South Essex, including A-Level Law. The College is currently the top performing Further Education College in Essex for learners successfully completing their courses.