The second University of Oxford 7 King’s Bench Walk Commercial Law Moot took place in London on Thursday 17 March 2016.

Hosted by leading commercial law chambers 7 King’s Bench Walk (‘7KBW’), and organised by the St Hilda’s College Law Society, the competition brought together 24 students from across the university.

The competition consisted of three preliminary rounds followed by the Semi-Finals and Grand Final. The moot problem concerned the defence of contributory negligence in a case of concurrent liability and the principle of reflective loss.

Akash Sonecha speaking to the Rt Hon Lord Mance, Mr David Edwards QC, and Ms Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC at the Grand Final

The standard was high, with six participants being commended by the judges for their group stage performance. Grigory Bekritsky (Magdalen) was declared ‘Best Group Stage Oralist’. The following students were ranked as runners-up to this award: Sean Butler (Harris Manchester); Tatiana Kazim (Harris Manchester); Calvin Ng (St Cross); Akash Sonecha (St Catherine’s); and Aaron Taylor (Keble). 

The Grand Final took place in the impressive backdrop of Parliament Chamber at the Inner Temple. Presiding over proceedings were the Rt Hon Lord Mance, Mr David Edwards QC, and Ms Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC. While the bench praised all four finalists for their skill and legal knowledge, ultimately Akash Sonecha (St Catherine’s), and Grigory Bekritsky (Magdalen) for the respondents triumphed over Julie Chan and Wei Jian Chan (both Harris Manchester College) for the appellants. 

The winning team, featuring (from left to right) Grigory Bekritsky and Akash Sonecha

Of particular note was Grigory Bekritsky’s performance. As well as being a member of the winning team, and having been commended as the ‘Best Oralist of the Group Stages’, he was also declared ‘Best Oralist of the Grand Final’.

The moot was followed by a drinks and canapé reception that was attended by all competition participants and by barristers from 7KBW.

St Hilda’s College and the Oxford Law Faculty are most grateful to 7KBW for their sponsorship and hospitality, as well as for the time given up by many of their tenants to sit as judges in the competition. 

Photos from the moot are available to view on our Flickr account.