The growing national reputation of Law at the University of Lincoln again given a boost when a two-man team from Lincoln defeated all comers in the northern heat of The Negotiation Competition. Paul Verrico (25) and Peter Ward (24) were hoping for a place in the top eight out of the 12 teams competing at the College of Law in York on Saturday 9th February 2002. But after a day of hard negotiating with other student lawyers the pair were amazed to be named winners of the heat, beating two teams from Cambridge (St John’s and Magdalene) and others from the Universities of Nottingham, York and Manchester. “As the results were read out expectation heightened,” said Paul, of Kirton-in-Lindsey. “We knew that we had performed reasonably well and were hopeful of qualification.
“As places eight to four were announced our designated letter had still not come up, which meant that we were either in the top three or out of the heat altogether. And then the judges announced that the overall winners were Lincoln and there was a stunned silence!” “That means that we go into the national final as one of the favourites with the name of Lincoln firmly at the forefront.” The Negotiation Competition, sponsored by CEDR, Hammond Suddards Edge, CASTELL Consulting and The College of Law, gives law students the opportunity to practice and hone their negotiating techniques in front of teams of judges comprising solicitors, barristers, academics and business executives. Students participate in teams of two, negotiating two scenarios set in a legal context in each round. Teams compete for a cup, cash prizes and the opportunity to represent England and Wales in the International Competition. Eight teams from each regional competition qualify for the national finals held at the Inns of Court School of Law on Saturday 16th March 2002 and the four leading teams compete in the final round on Sunday 17th March 2002.