The University of Oxford Maitland Chambers Inter-Collegiate mooting competition (Cuppers) took place at Keble College on Thursday, 22 February 2018. The moot problem for this year’s Grand Final was concerned with contemporary issues in contributory negligence. 

L-R : Ms. Laura Jeffrey and Mr. Chaitanya Kediyal (Exeter), Mr. Matthew Collings QC, Mr. Mark Cunningham QC, and Ms. Louise Hutton of Maitland Chambers, Mr. Mohammed Ameer Ismail and Mr. Andrew Dixon (Merton)

The case concerned the reflective loss principle, and the mooters made innovative arguments challenging the distinction between contractual claims and tortious claims. As acknowledged by the bench, the standard of mooting was exceptionally high, and the mooters responded to questions effortlessly.

The Grand Final was presided over by Mark Cunningham QC of Maitland Chambers. He was joined by Mr Matthew Collings QC and Louise Hutton, also of Maitland Chambers.

Mr. Collings QC delivered the results in the style of a full judgment, and all four finalists were commended on the sophistication of their arguments and clarity of manner.

L-R : Mr. Matthew Collings QC, Mr. Mark Cunningham QC, Louise Hutton of Maitland Chambers

The finalists, Ms. Laura Jeffrey and Mr. Chaitanya Kediyal represented Exeter College as appellants, and Mr. Mohammed Ameer Ismail and Mr. Andrew Dixon, represented Merton College as respondents. The respondents were ultimately adjudged to be the winners of the Grand Final.