The Grand Final of the 2TG Times Moot took place remotely (via Zoom) on Friday 11 September 2020, with Maya Chilaeva and Tey Guan Khoo narrowly beating Matt Bignell and Kim Pullinger.
The moot problem was set in the world of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and concerned a discrimination and equal pay dispute between a disgruntled presenter, one Lyra Belaque, and the Magisterium Broadcasting Corporation, which had seen fit (a) to fire her for a tweet she sent denying climate change was real; and (b) to pay another presenter, a certain Roger Parslow, three times more than Lyra to present her show.
The moot was judged by a trio of senior silks from 2TG: Michael de Navarro QC, Howard Palmer QC and Sarah Vaughan Jones QC who praised all the finalists for their “impressively clear and compelling” submissions and noted how difficult it had been to decide the winner.
The Judges were particularly impressed by the ease with which the finalists adapted to online advocacy noting that the Covid-19 pandemic had of necessity made all forms of remote hearing a part of everyday life at the modern Bar.
The head of the 2TG moot committee commented:
“The standard of the 2019/2020 Moot was extremely high, having attracted a record number of entrants this year. Maya and Tey are worthy winners, and all 4 finalists are clearly destined for a bright future at the Bar. We are delighted that our competition, now in its fifth year, continues to attract diverse, talented mooters from across the country and in so doing promotes greater access to the Bar – one of 2TG’s core objectives.”