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. 

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS DISABILITY MOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 

The 2021 edition of the moot will take place online on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November 2021. The competition is open to all matriculated students of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge as well as all visiting students. Applicants should apply in teams of two. The team members need not be from the same college or reading for the same degree.

The moot problem and rules are available here. Each team should submit a one-page skeleton argument either for Mr Blofeld or Ms Bond, addressing both grounds of appeal. Each team should also submit a motivational statement (max. 250 words) explaining why the applicants want to take part in this particular competition. The skeleton argument and motivational statement, along with each team member's names, contact details and college affiliation, should be sent to mooting@law.ox.ac.uk by no later than 5PM on Friday of Week 2 (22 October 2021)

Participants in this competition will have the chance to: 

  • Showcase their advocacy skills in front of distinguished Judges. The Grand Final bench will include Professor Susan Bright. 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, contact the Mooting Programme at mooting@law.ox.ac.uk.