The Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship was the first championship to be established by the Oxford Law Faculty that focuses solely on legal issues affecting persons with a disability. Herbert Smith Freehills and the Oxford Faculty of Law aim to promote the intellectual study of disability and its intersection with domestic and international law through this event. The mooting championship is designed to showcase the challenges faced by academics and legal practitioners who work in this field. In so doing, it will raise awareness of legal issues facing people with disabilities and the need to increase the representation of disabled people within the legal profession. Established in 2014, this event has become hugely successful and is now regarded as one of the Law Faculty’s leading mooting competitions.

Following its success, Herbert Smith Freehills have approached the Faculties of Law at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge to establish the first Oxford v Cambridge edition of the Mooting Championship. The inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship: Oxford v Cambridge took place in Oxford in November 2019. 

This year, the moot is set to take place on 13 and 14 November 2020. The competition is open to all matriculated students of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge as well as all visiting students. Participants in this competition will have the chance to: 

  • Showcase their advocacy skills in front of distinguished Judges. The Grand Final bench will include Zoe Johnson QC (leading criminal law barrister), Professor Jonathan Herring (Professor of Law, Oxford) and Dr Brian Sloan (Fellow in Law, Robinson College, Cambridge). The early rounds will be judged by Partners and Associates at Herbert Smith Freehills.  
  • Win a cash prize of £500 (Winning Team). 
  • Win a cash prize of £300 (Runner-up Team). 
  • Talk to Partners at Herbert Smith Freehills at the online ‘Meet the Judges’ session.

For more information on how to participate in the competition, contact the Mooting Programme at mooting@law.ox.ac.uk.