The 2019 Grand Final of The Times 2TG National Moot competition took place at Two Temple Place on Wednesday 9th January 2019. This competition is now in its 4th year and continues in association with the Times Newspaper. Representing The Times at the final was the longstanding legal editor, Frances Gibb and her colleagues, Edward Fennell, Jonathan Ames and Linda Tsang.
We at 2TG are very proud of this competition which is open to all students in the United Kingdom in tertiary education and forms part of Chamber’s commitment to social mobility and the removal of barriers to accessing the Bar.
In order to reach the final, our Mooters have demonstrated their advocacy skills over several rounds in the last year. For the final, they were asked to tackle a highly topical problem involving breach of confidence and public immunity interest and to present their arguments before a very distinguished judging panel comprising a full Court of Appeal: Lord Justice Hickinbottom, Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Lord Justice Green.
It was a very closely fought contest. The judges were impressed by the excellent standard of advocacy and composure shown by all the Mooters. We congratulate our winners, Robert Alexander Bellin and Chris Zabilowicz. We also extend our warmest congratulations to our runners-up, Ilana Hirschberg and Georgia Palmer. All finalists are also invited to undertake mini pupillages at 2 Temple Gardens.
Finally, we would like to thank our Judges for generously taking time out from their full Court of Appeal schedules to preside over our final. The involvement of Judges of such seniority and experience adds immeasurably to the value of the event and we are extremely grateful for their guidance and wit and wisdom which they injected into the proceedings.