Christmas is upon us which means Semester 1 has (pretty much) drawn to a close; and what a semester it has been!
It went by pretty quickly so, in case you missed any of it, we’ve got a quick run down of what happened!
We kick started the year with our Aspiring Solicitors event; a short talk and selective interview workshop with none other than Chris White – the founder of Aspiring Solicitors.
Then we had our first social – a picnic on the Common!
We then took a few lucky members to the Inner Temple in London for talk on Careers at the Bar, shortly followed by a networking reception with free wine and canapés.
At the beginning of November, Charlotte Baker from the University of Law came to Southampton to tell our members everything they needed to know about getting pupillage.
Shortly after we were lucky enough to welcome Professor Stuart Sime, the Director of the BPTC at City Law School to Southampton. Members heard all about the BPTC at City and also how Professor Sime got to the Bar.
As the semester drew to a close, we took a few lucky members to London (again!) for our Separation of Powers trip.
In the last week of term, we held a Mooting Q&A session so that first years could get as many tips as possible from some of the more experienced mooters at Southampton.
Let’s not forget that while all these fantastic events were taking place our annual Speed-Moot Competition was running every other week. We would like to thank all those who exhibited determination in and dedication to the competition and we hope you learned lots and had some fun in the process. We wish everyone the best of luck in their Compulsory Moot!
Our 9 finalists (in no particular order); Felicity Sattan, Jaanki Shah, Tom Brook, Chloe Crook, Simon Curran, Tom Phipps, Sophia Wang, Estian Deysel and Liam Maher withstood exceptional scrutiny and examination by a panel of 5 judges and delivered advocacy of the highest order. They have also won the chance to attend a special advocacy development day at City Law School with the Assistant-Dean Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch.
A special mention must go out to (again in no particular order); Estian Deysel, Chloe Crook, Tom Brook and Felicity Sattan who have earned a place in the Inns of Court National Mooting Competition 2016.
The semester has been jam packed with events and we hope to deliver a similar selection in Semester 2! Some highlights will include:
The Inns of Court National Moot; a talk with none other that Tom Leech QC from Herbert Smith Freehills about alternative careers for those interested in advocacy; dinners at Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple, a cross-examination workshop and competition with Charles Cochand of 2KBW – and that’s just a start!
So have a great Christmas and stay tuned to Innsight to make sure you get your place on these forthcoming events!
Good luck to everyone in forthcoming examinations, coursework and the like!