The Grand Final of the University of Oxford Maitland Chambers Inter-Collegiate mooting competition (Cuppers) 2020-21, took place, virtually, on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 between St Anne’s and New College.  

Previous rounds had covered a range of issues including, but not limited to, those within Criminal and Contract Law. The moot problem for this year’s Grand Final concerned an appeal to the Supreme Court in a possible case of medical negligence, specifically, the determination of ‘reasonable treatment options’ following Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11 and the application of Gregg v Scott [2005] UKHL 2 in a medical loss of chance case.  

Nadia Roberts and Caroline Green (St Anne’s) appeared on behalf of the Appellant, the patient, and Bethany Arrowsmith and Ruth Flame (New College) appeared on behalf of the respondent. All mooters made innovative submissions based on their interpretation of the case law, as well as wider policy arguments and successfully navigated challenging judicial intervention throughout. The Grand Final was judged by Christopher Parker QC, Nicholas Peacock QC and Gregory Banner QC of Maitland Chambers.  

After the moot, three members of Chambers - James Aldridge QC, Narinder Jhittay and Maxim Cardew - held a Q&A with the audience about life at the Commercial Chancery Bar and at Maitland. Having retired to consider the arguments made before them, Christopher Parker QC returned to deliver a judgment on the merits of the case. Nicholas Peacock QC then announced New College the winners by a 2-1 majority judgement, commending all mooters on the quality of their submissions and advocacy. 

Bethany Arrowsmith and Ruth Flame look forward to undertaking their respective mini-pupillages at Maitland Chambers, and are grateful to all those who attended the event or were involved in its organisation.  

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Judges: Christopher Parker QC, Nicholas Peacock QC, Gregory Banner QC

Team members: Bethany Arrowsmith, Nadia Roberts, Ruth Flame, Caroline Green

Graduate Mooting Coordinator: Amy Gregg

Clerk: Athena Kam

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