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National Success for Southampton Law School students

Published: 2 March 2015

Two Law School students Dan Anghelache (year 3) and Fareed Anees (year 2) recently won their way through to the grand final of the inaugural Landmark Chambers Property Moot. Having beaten strong teams from the University of Reading and University College London in the first two rounds, Dan and Fareed faced teams from Cambridge, Durham and Oxford in the final held at Landmark Chambers in London.

Left to right Oxford: Jocelyn Teo, Laura Ruxandu, Cambridge: Imogen Dodds, Sarah Jameson, Southampton: Fareed Anees, Dan Anghelache, Durham: Laura Fitzgibbon, Daniel Boon
Grand final candidates

The students were judged by two top QCs, David Holland and Timothy Morshead. Against this stiff competition, Fareed was declared a joint winner along with Imogen Dodds from the University of Cambridge. As part of his prize Fareed will undertake a mini pupillage at Landmark Chambers along with a cash prize of £500.

Professor Sarah Nield and Research Fellow Mark Jordan from the Law School attended the Moot and commented “The Moot was demanding and Dan and Fareed did very well in responding to intense questioning and very stiff competition”.

Professor Nield added “As a property tutor I found it so rewarding to see students engage with, and what is more enjoy, the challenge of grappling with areas of law that they discover have real implications for the parties involved.”

Dan said of his experience “Participating in the Landmark Chambers Property Moot was definitely one of the most enjoyable experiences throughout the course of my degree. Not only did I manage to brush up on my property law acumen, but I also developed my advocacy, a skill which is essential regardless of whether one is looking to train as solicitor or barrister. The Final was extremely challenging, given that we were quizzed on our propositions by two leading silks specialised in property litigation. Also, Landmark were kind enough to host a dinner at Lincoln’s Inn where all finalists had the opportunity to find out what life at the Bar is really like. Overall, the School were very supportive throughout our participation in the Moot.”

Fareed commented "To moot against top students from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham was already a privilege and a challenge that I relished; to go on and win the competition for Southampton is almost beyond belief. To complement that, to be judged by two QCs was an unforgettable experience in itself, and I would certainly encourage anyone interested in mooting to enter these kinds of national competitions and really make the most of studying law. Besides, the prizes are pretty good too!"

A final word from Carolyn Entwhistle of Landmark Chambers” The students were fantastic and clearly have bright futures as stellar advocates ahead of them.”

It is really impressive for the team to reach the final against such stiff competition, and an outstanding achievement for Fareed to win. The students have been fantastic ambassadors for the Law School and should be proud of their success.

Professor Hazel Biggs - Head of Southampton Law School
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