So last Sunday 15th February, we featured as the first academic society to take part in The Humber Games. After weeks of preparation and practise the day finally arrived, bringing tense, nail-biting competitions from the off. From 10am, students of the Hull University Student Law Society began to arrive in our David Chiddick Building which looked fantastic after we gave it a makeover for the day. Here, they were greeted by a lovingly-prepared spread of sandwiches, cakes, juice and an array of delicacies to start off the day. This gave the students from both societies the opportunity to chat and mingle while enjoying a light brunch.
The first event of the day was the negotiation competition which saw Lincoln 2nd-year Law students George Joseph and Lewis MacFarlane take on their Hull counterparts Luisa Niefer and John Hendry in the Moot Court. The competition was kindly judged by Natalie Thomas, Risk Solicitor, of Bridge McFarland Solicitors who adjudicated the efforts of both sides as they attempted to reach a settlement in a dispute between their fictional clients. The competition looked very close and difficult to call but Hull ran away with the first victory of the day.
Following the negotiation competition, all Law Society competitors and spectators were invited back downstairs to the atrium of the David Chiddick Building for a light spot of lunch before returning to the Moot Court for the Moot Competition.
The Mooting Competition began at 12pm with Jasmin Hornsby and Shannon Baxter representing Lincoln as the appellants in the dispute over areas of contract law. The moot was judged by James Hazel, Partner and Solicitor of Chattertons McKinnells Solicitors. Senior counsel, Jasmin Hornsby, took to the stand first with 15 minutes to present her grounds of appeal to the court. Next up was senior counsel for Hull, also given 15 minutes to present their team’s response. Junior counsels, Shannon Baxter and her Hull counterpart, then had 10 minutes to present their grounds to the court. James Hazel then retired to make his final ruling in which he pointed out that both teams put forward solid legal arguments. However, Hull were able to add a second victory to their tally in the second event of the day.
Following this, a coach waited to take any spectators to Yarborough Leisure Centre to watch University of Lincoln Law Society Football Team take on University of Hull Law Society Football Team. The game started quite slowly with both teams finding their feet. Our own team are a new side which have recently joined a local Sunday league allowing regular practise in weekly matches. Hull’s team had been put together for the competition so had not played a competitive game until this one. Despite this, the game looked close to begin with. The first goal of the match came when Lincoln were awarded a free kick on the edge of Hull’s box which was struck on target and parried away by the keeper, but only in to the feet of one of Lincoln’s fine strikers. After a few more goals from Lincoln, the floodgates were opened and there was no stopping the more experience Lincoln side from bagging more goals until the final score saw us win an emphatic 11-0.
Spectators and competitors then returned via coach to the David Chiddick Building for the final competition of the day, the Client Interviewing Competition. Representing Lincoln in this competition were Brittany Davies and Shannon Bean. Competitors were to interview a fake client to retrieve information to regarding a civil dispute, as if they were to go forward with means of dispute resolution. Shannon and Brittany went first in the competition and clearly left a mark in judge Tom Sergeant’s (Solicitor at Chattertons Solicitors Grantham) mind as they brought home our second victory of the day!
The day of competition against the University of Hull Law Society therefore ended in a draw with both teams having achieved some fantastic results.
We’d like to thank everybody who put great effort into organising all of the events of the day, as well as all external judges who very kindly gave up their time to come and adjudicate the contests, and to all the competitors without whom we would not have been able to enjoy our first ever Humber Games.
Finally, we’d like to show our appreciation to the University of Hull’s Law Society for bringing such great competition… We look forward to seeing you next year!