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Faculty and Northern Irish bar stage first joint training moot

25 June 2019

The first joint moot has been held between the Faculty of Advocates and the Bar of Northern Ireland.

Held in the Court of Session, the event featured Scots devils and Northern Irish trainee barristers appearing before a “First Division” bench in an appeal in a fictional judicial review of the lawfulness of a facial recognition pilot scheme by the police.

Mark Lindsay QC took the role of the presiding judge, sitting with Michael Upton and Donald Davidson. In a close contest, they decided devils Shane Dundas and Michael Way were the winners.

Neil Mackenzie, the Faculty’s Director of Training and Education, declared the moot a success. He commented: “Last year, I had a conversation with the interim director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University in Belfast about forging closer links between our jurisdictions. Their trainees and our devils would hold a moot.

“All the participants had worked hard, argued effectively, and (perhaps most importantly) found much common ground and friendship afterwards. It was a great start.”

Thoughts are turning to making the moot an annual event, and a return fixture in Belfast next year.


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