Two fourth-year undergraduates of Jesus College represented the Faculty in the inaugural Bristol University Inter-Varsity Moot. James Bradford and Ollie Capehorn had previously enjoyed national mooting success together as the winners of the Oxford-UCL Inter-Varsity Moot in 2012.

James Bradford and Ollie Capehorn in the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

The team had to prepare arguments for both appellant and respondent in a Supreme Court appeal principally concerning two issues of tort law: the ‘illegality’ defence in the context of a joint illegal enterprise, and contributory negligence and its applicability to intentional torts.

Ollie Capehorn and James Bradford in the Semi-Final

The team’s combined speaker scores from the morning knockout rounds placed them in the top four of the fourteen universities competing. Both gave a highly commended performance in the semi-final, but after a lengthy deliberation by the four-judge bench narrowly lost to Bristol, which went on to win the competition in a lively final round presided over by Supreme Court Justice Lord Toulson.

Ryan Lim (Trinity College) kindly presided over a practice moot.