Leading Barristers’ Chambers Judge Student Moot


St Edmund’s College Law Society was delighted to host one of the UK’s largest sets of barristers’ chambers, No5 Barristers’ Chambers on Sunday 28 January for one of its Lent term moots.  

Barristers Howard Leithead, Giles Pengelly, and Tutku Bektas were invited to judge January’s moot. Mooting is a great opportunity for our current law students to improve and practice their advocacy skills. Winners from Sunday’s moot will have the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court in March, competing in the finals of St Edmund’s College intercollegiate moot with Hughes Hall.  

Following the moot, our guest judges ran an insightful workshop on how students could apply to their chambers in the future.  

Victoria Cota Salgueiro, Mistress of Moots of St Edmund’s College Law Society said,  

“St-Edmund’s College celebrated advocacy on the 28th, thanks to No5 Chambers. It was a pleasure for me to write the moot problem and push our first-year students to think about the law beyond academia. Our wonderful judges, all No5 members, challenged our students like they would real barristers. After the two winners were announced and a relaxed lunch was held, the team at No5 gave a presentation on life as a pupil. Being interested in a career at the bar, I found their insight invaluable, as they were one of the rare Chambers giving a detailed and realistic breakdown of life as a pupil. Howard, Giles and Tutku were very approachable and took the time to answer everyone’s questions. Overall, I am very pleased with this collaboration and hope the students found it as interesting as I did.”  

Howard Leithead said, 

“We were delighted to judge the St Edmund’s Law Society moot and present a workshop on Pupillage as part of No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ commitment to outreach and fostering talent among the next generation of barristers. The standard was high and we very much enjoyed visiting the College.” 

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