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How do I get the style and tone right?

What impression would you like to give to the judge? How will you stand up to having your every move scrutinised - it's not just what you say but how you say it.

Discussion points include:

  • Eye contact not eye balling?
  • Minimising flappage
  • Flexibility
  • Fine line between confidence and aggression/arrogance
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T! (Who didn't sing that in their head then?!)

Avoid complications

It's not uncommon to get so uptight about a moot that you forget that a moot is simply a conversation, albeit with a few rules and some slightly unusual turns of phrase.

This clip really highlights the benefits of the no-frills approach:

  • Keep it simple
  • Use plain language
  • Be clear and concise if you want to be persuasive

Is this loud enough?

It can be quite difficult to decide what volume to pitch your voice at: do you think this young lawyer is loud enough?

All our mooting clips were made with the help of our fantastic students - giving freely of their time to help others.

For the roundtable discussion clips we thank our GDL students of 2009-2010: Andrew Barns-Graham, Thomas Bradfield, Tessa Buchanan, Anita Davies and Thomas Hope. Big thanks go to our top man behind the camera Steve Parkes.

The spoof clips were made with Mike Purdue (judge), Mike Clarke and Rob Tiffen many years ago.

The real action was filmed as part of our Crown Office Moot 2010-2011.

Big thanks to all those who took part: Sara Beech, George Fitzgerald, Gareth Thomas, Edward Waldegrave, Alistair Godwin, Rebecca Taverner, Daphne Stamatopoulos, Jada Badu-Animboah, James Bull, Samuel Phillips and Beatrice Riley.

Huge thanks are also due to those from Crown Office Chambers who not only gave up their time to judge the different stages of the moot but also allowed us to use the footage. We are grateful to:

Elizabeth Boon David Myhill Siobhan Lambertsen

A final thanks to The Hon Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart, who judged the final of the Crown Office Moot and Steven McCombe for his filming expertise and tireless editing.