The University of Oxford Maitland Chambers Inter-Collegiate mooting competition took place in Keble College on Thursday 18 February 2016. The moot problem was dealing with an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the judicial review of the prison authorities’ decision to restrict prisoners receiving visits from journalists, and the influence of such a practice on the prisoners’ freedom of expression under the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The standard of mooting was exceptionally high, leaving the most difficult task for the bench.

The Grand Final was presided by The Rt Hon Lord Hoffmann, alongside Andrew Walker QC and Michael Gibbon QC of Maitland Chambers. All the four finalists, Mr Sean Butler and Ms Tatiana Kazim of Harris Manchester College for the appellant, and Ms Laura King and Mr Michael Withers of Merton College for the respondent received praise for their skill and legal knowledge from the bench, but ultimately Mr Butler and Ms Kazim triumphed and won the trophy.

 

The finalists (from left to right): Ms Laura King and Mr Michael Withers (Merton), Lord Hoffmann, Mr Sean Butler and Ms Tatiana Kazim (Harris Manchester)

 

Ms Tatiana Kazim (Harris Manchester) for the respondent

Mr Michael Withers (Merton) for the appellant