The Grand Final of the Maitland Chambers University of Oxford Intercollegiate (Cuppers) Mooting Competition took place in Keble College on Thursday the 26th February. The moot question involved the application of the defence of illegality in the context of a negligence action, and contributory negligence in battery.

The finalists, Ms Riina Roolaid and Mr Simon Herzberg (Harris Manchester) for the appellant and Ms Samara Lirato and Mr Joshua Pike (Worcester) for the respondent, were all commended for the quality and skill of their submissions. Ultimately the team from Harris Manchester won the moot, and were declared the Cuppers Champions of 2014-15.

The Grand Final was judged by The Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, Mr Mark Cunningham QC and Mr Andrew Westwood of Maitland Chambers. The Oxford Law Faculty Moot Court Programme wishes warmly to congratulate all finalists, and thank the judges for such an engaging event.

The Grand Final was judged by (from left to right) Mr Andrew Westwood, The Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC and Mr Mark Cunningham QC. Ms Riina Roolaid gives oral arguments.


Finalists. From left to right: Dr James Goudkamp (the Faculty Mooting Officer), Ms Riina Roolaid (HMC), Mr Simon Herzberg (HMC), Mr Mark Cunningham QC, Mr Joshua Pike (Worcester), The Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC, Ms Samara Lirato, Mr Andrew Westwood.