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What is a Moot?

A moot is a mock court proceeding in which two pairs of advocates argue a fictitious legal case in front of a judge. Students aim to make the best presentation of their legal arguments. Each advocate has a set time to present their argument, rebut those of his or her opponent, and answer questions asked by the judge. Points are awarded for advocacy skills, quality of argument and legal research – even if the law is against you.

Mooting develops a range of professional skills including; analysis, interpretation, argument and public speaking. Mooting is also a great way of meeting new people, developing teamwork skills and, if you are successful in the international competitions, exploring the globe. 

There is an active mooting community at King’s with students from The Dickson Poon School of Law regularly taking part in national and international competitions. 

About Mooting at the School

The School also supports our many Student Society led moot competitions meaning that students have numerous opportunities to practice their oral advocacy.

Mooting is overseen by the School’s Director of Mooting and supported by the Student Experience Manager. Current students can find out more about current moots and how to get involved on our intranet / KEATS Professional Law pages.

The Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot

The Dickson Poon School of Law is very proud to offer students from across the world the opportunity to participate in the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot. The competition is generously sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms.

Teams are invited to submit memoranda which will be marked by competition law academics and practitioners. The 12 teams with the highest marked memoranda will be invited to an Oral Round, which in 2021 will be taking place online. The competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to practise and improve advocacy skills in front of a judging panel drawn from international competition law specialists.

The top 12 teams that qualified to the Oral Round of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot 2021 are (alphabetically):

Bobek, Danwitz, Fernlund, Ilešič, Juhász, Kokott, Larsen, Lycourgos, Passer, Tanchev, Wahl and Ziemele – congratulations!

The 2020/21 competition timeline is as follows:

Publication of the problem question

24 November 2020

Registration opens

7 December 2020

Deadline for registration

18 January 2021

Deadline for requesting clarifications

1 February 2021

Publication of clarifications

22 February 2021

Deadline for submission of written pleadings

9 April 2021

Announcement of finalists

4 May 2021

Oral Round (online)

18-19 June 2021

Rules & Questions for 2021

Please click here to view the Problem Question with Clarifications for the 2021 competition.

Please click here to view the competition rules for 2021.


If you have any questions about the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot please contact the organisers here, or follow the competition on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn for updates.