Ahead of the first Covid-19 national lockdown, two of our students, Christina Kartali (Jesus) and Timothy Foot (Harris Manchester) participated in-person in the Landmark Chambers Property Moot 2020. The competition centres on topics in Property Law and Landlord and Tenant Law which span beyond the FHS Land syllabus. This year, it involved 22 undergraduate teams, each from a different UK university.

On the first day of the competition, participating teams took part in a mooting workshop conducted by members of Landmark Chambers. Part of the workshop involved discussing the facts of Fearn v Tate [2020] EWCA Civ 104, which members of Landmark Chambers were instructed on. The participants also attended a talk by a Landmark pupil on what pupillage at the Chambers is like. 

In the first round, the Oxford team faced off against the team from King’s College London. The mooting problem involved interpreting a particularly tricky section of the Housing Act 1988. Oxford ranked within the top eight teams in terms of total speaker points, progressing onto the next round. 

In the quarter final, the Oxford duo were named victorious against the London School of Economics, mooting on a problem which required the close interpretation of a lease. The presiding judge gave both sides valuable feedback on how to improve their advocacy. 

The semi-final involved an especially interesting problem involving an oral boundary agreement. This time, the problem was argued before a hypothetical Supreme Court (all prior rounds had been argued before a hypothetical Court of Appeal). This allowed the Oxford team to make ambitious arguments for overruling various cases. Luckily, this ambition seemed to go down well with the judge, who named the Oxford team victorious. 

In the Grand Final, held at the Royal Courts of Justice and presided over by HH Judge Dight CBE, the Oxford team faced off against the team from University College London. In the Final, the two winners were decided based on their individual speaker points, meaning that the winners could be from different teams. Happily, the two participants from Oxford lifted the trophy together, receiving the joint highest individual speaker points. 

Following the Final, all the finalists enjoyed a three course sit-down dinner and drinks with the judges and organisers of the competition. 

We would like to congratulate Christina and Timothy on their achievement.

Landmark 2020 Winners