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Mooting Competitions 2012/2013: A Big Thank You To All Involved

As we reach the end of the 2012/2013 Birmingham Law School mooting competitions, I would like to express my thanks to all students who participated in the competitions and skills sessions this year.  Your hard work and enthusiasm is hugely appreciated and I hope that you enjoyed and benefited from the experience.

Many congratulations to the winners of the mooting competitions!

* Clare Elliot – Postgraduate Cup winner 2012/2013

* Rachel Pavey – Camm Cup winner 2012/2013

* Megan Durnford – First Year Cup winner 2012/2013

It has been a pleasure to work alongside Theresa Lynch, Mooting Co-ordinator, to organise the moots this year.  I am most grateful  to the Mooting Committee for your help in running the moots and clerking.  Thank you to No5 Chambers in Birmingham and University of Birmingham Law alumni for supporting and judging the mooting competitions, and special thanks to Lord Dyson MR for presiding over the Camm Cup Final on 15th March 2013.  

This has been an excellent year for mooting at Birmingham Law School, with double the number of places in the First Year Cup competition and a huge increase in the numbers of practitioners judging moots.  I am sure that mooting at Birmingham Law School will only continue to grow.

I have loved being your Mistress of the Moots and I will really miss the role!  In June I will be handing over to Rachel Pavey, who will take up the position for 2013/2014.  

In the meantime, I wish all students the best of luck for the examinations period.

Best wishes,

Arrin Nouri (Mistress of the Moots, The Holdsworth Club)

11-a side football open the season with a double figure victory

At 2pm on Sunday 7th October, a new-look Law Football Club ran out onto the Metchley pitches with expectations high after their dramatic league and cup double in the historic 2011/12 season. It can be said that it took the side a while to find their feet after a slow preseason but the side took a 1-0 lead against Maple Spartans through J. Mackenzie, who is looking to continue the form that saw him take the Golden Boot last season. The visitors were however, not a team to give up and following a lapse in defence from a corner they drew level and just a minute later it appeared that Law had hit the self-destruct button as Maple Bank took a 2-1 goal lead against the run of play. Thankfully, the favourites soon regained their composure and went into the half 4-2 up following 2 more Mackenzie strikes, and a delightful chip by H. Katuscak. It appeared newly appointed captain B. Ebbitt gave the lads the hairdryer treatment at half time and Law came out after the break rampant – the passing was crisp and swift, however the side managed to concede again from a corner making the score 4-3. This is where the strongest of sides take their play into the next gear and it is safe to say Law took this opportunity. Man of the Match and fresher J. Brown followed in the footsteps of Premier League giants Jermaine Pennant and Middlesbrough’s Fabrizio Ravenelli to get a hat-trick on his league debut. Soon Law opened a large lead and had it predominantly their own way in the second half. The Spartans did manage to win a penalty after M. Williams, still partially concussed from an early knock, made a rash challenge around the 70 minute mark, however the Spartans failed to take the opportunity. Perhaps the Spartans penalty taker should have taken note from how L. Parkington, the heartbeat of the side, dispatched his penalty soon after (
although, to Parkington’s great suprise, J. Rigby described it as “nothing special, but I suppose it was just about good enough”). Ultimately, Law FC ran out comfortable winners at 10 – 3 and early signs look bright for the reigning league champions.
By Leonard Parkington

Welcome 2012 First Years

On behalf of the Holdsworth Club, I would like to congratulate and welcome all new students who will be joining the Law School in September. You certainly have a great few years ahead of you and if you read our ‘about’ section you will see how becoming a member of The Holdsworth Club will enrich your time at university both academically and socially.

The new committee is very excited about this coming year and we all hope you will be joining the society and making the most of what we have on offer for you!

To find out about us and what we do please check out the committee profiles and if you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with us (contact details on the right-hand side).

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you very soon, for what promises to be an amazing Holdsworth year.

The Nominees are..

This years candidacy nominations are as follows…

Honorary Secretary (Chair)
-Anish Patel
-Hannah Short

-Poppy Wilkinson

Events Officer
-Chantelle Davis
-Loren Hodgetts
-Charlotte King
-Catriona Severns

Careers Officer
-Oliver Bello
-Amy Harding
-Bela Viramgama

-Christopher Barratt
-Priya Jethwa

Sports Officer
-Jan (Honza) Katuscak

Post Graduate Representative
-Vanessa Narsingh
-Ravi Patel

First Year Representatives
-Nitisha Acharya
-Ravinder Bhavara
-Jack Kelly
-Samantha Jenkins

Inns of Court Student Association (ICSA) Representatives
-Thomas Horton
-Meredith Major

General Secretary
-Laura Brown
-Catherine Ecclestone
-Katie Harris
-Emma Jones
-Alice Kinder

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates must not begin campaigning until Monday 12th March. Any candidate found campaigning will be penalised and there is strictly no campaigning at the ball.

Good luck to all,

The Committee 2011/12

Important Update

Hi Everyone

There are just over 4 weeks left of term! Scary but true, and there are a number of huge things happening between now and the last day of term on the 23rd March which you will not want to miss out on, so here is a roundup of everything going on in March; The Presidential AddressLaw v MedicsThe Law Ball and Holdsworth Committee Elections:

The Presidential Address – Friday 2nd March

This year the Holdsworth President is Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury; Master of the Rolls and tipped by many to be the next President of the Supreme Court. His speech, entitled ‘Where Angels Fear To Tread’ will be taking place in LT1 next Friday (2nd) at 11.00 am. This is really one not to be missed  and lectures have all been rescheduled to accommodate staff and students’ wishes to attend, so make the most of it.

Law v Medics (Sat 3rd) and The Law Ball (Sat 10th)

Both staples of the Holdsworth events calendar, these events never disappoint. Law v Medics tickets go on sale on Monday and the event really speaks for itself – Law are out to retain their crown, enough said. Remaining Law Ball tickets are down into single figures, so act fast if you want to take the final places for what is going to be an incredible night. Anyone that hasn’t already got their table plan in needs to do so on Monday, otherwise we will assume that you don’t mind who you sit with.

Also remember that Holdsworth Hoodies are available to be purchased from the Holdsworth Office for the final week.

Holdsworth Committee Elections (Campaigning Starts Mon 12th, Voting on Thurs 15th)

Finally, with March comes the final days of our tenure as your Holdsworth Committee. The Ball will be the final event of the year before the society goes dormant over the Easter term, so this is your opportunity to find yourself at the heart of undoubtedly the best departmental society at the University of Birmingham and the oldest student Law Society in the country.

Another email will be going out next week with more information about elections, but see this as a heads up – you want to be involved. With 11 positions to fill there is something for everyone and you just need to decide where your interests lie and whether you have what it takes, so get thinking! Any interested parties should definitely speak to the person currently occupying their position or at least someone in the committee to get the most information. BUT REMEMBER – at this stage those deciding to run should keep it to themselves. The process is confidential until candidacy is announced and campaigning officially begins on the 12thThe no early campaigning rule will be strictly enforced.


So there it is! Enjoy the final crop of amazing events we have for you this term and get yourself involved with our society’s future … But then start to look ahead.

All the best

Your Holdsworth Committee 2011/12


Careers Update

*Pinsent Mason Office Open Days*

On the 14th December Pinsent Masons will be holding an insight day at their offices. This is open to all years and is a great way to see how they operate and attending shows genuine interest in the firm should you decide to apply. Aside from that, it displays commitment to the legal industry, good commercial awareness and is also the chance to see what life’s like at a big firm and whether it will be for you. If you are interested and want more information then the link to follow is –

*OPEN 2011 – a legal careers event for disabled students*

A legal career is open to anyone. This event is aimed at showing that students with disabilities should not be worried that their disability may affect their chances of a legal career. The advertisement reads:

“Ambitious, disabled and considering a career in law? Then don’t miss OPEN 2011, the unique event that connects recruiters from the top legal firms with talented,disabled students.

This is your chance to find out about the careers and placements on offer, and to ask any questions you might have about the great opportunities and challenges available in this sector.

The event is being held by the biggest names in law, all of whom are currently recruiting:

Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Eversheds, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters.

The event will cover areas such as:
• An introduction to law
• How to request adjustments in the work place
• How to approach the recruitment processes.

It will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with people in a similar position to you as well as recent graduates, lawyers and recruiters from the firms.
The event is open to students and graduates from all degree disciplines. Spaces are limited so early registration is recommended. For more information and to apply, please go to the website: or email”

*Addleshaw Goddard Bowling*

On Wednesday 30th November Addleshaw Goddard are holding their annual bowling trip.

Representatives from the firm will be attending giving you a chance to speak about applying for training contracts and what it is like to work for the firm.

We’re meeting at the Guild for a coach at 6.45pm, then will head off to the bowling alley where food and drinks will be provided. Tickets are only £3 each available in office hours.

If you have any questions or suggestions please email