Having won the Midlands & South West Regional Finals, Athena Kam (Pembroke College) and Ruth Flame (New College) were two of sixteen individual Finalists who competed for the coveted title of BPP University Law School’s Advocate of the Year 2021. Due to the pandemic, the Final took place online, on Saturday 20 March 2021

Athena and Ruth prepared for two trials over the course of a day; they had to undertake a civil trial relating to a breach of contract, and a criminal trial relating to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. They worked through complex evidence and handled difficult witnesses during the trials, and performed various tasks from conducting Examination-in-Chiefs to making Closing Speeches.

The Grand Final was judged by experienced practitioners or former practitioners, and after a period of deliberation, Ruth Flame was named as the overall winner of the competition, triumphing over other finalists from Cambridge and Durham. All competitors were praised for their quality of advocacy and professional attitude.

We are delighted to hear of our student’s success, and congratulate all who were involved.

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Oxford competitors: Athena Kam (bottom row, second from left) and Ruth Flame (bottom row, third from left)