At 2TG our people are hard-working, forward-thinking and approachable. We believe our supportive culture is one of our greatest strengths.
With the set comprising around 60 barristers, we know each other well and work effectively together. We often operate in large teams with clients. Our practice management team is modern and commercial, matching barrister experience thoughtfully to clients’ requirements.
At 2TG our barristers are expert in a broad range of complementary practice areas and we enjoy repeat instructions from a variety of loyal clients.
Practised advocates from the start, all our Silks and the vast majority of our Junior barristers are recognised as leaders in their chosen fields. Many of us are at the forefront of shaping the law in our specialist areas and we pride ourselves in having excellent industry knowledge.
At 2TG our barristers have excellent experience acting across a range of industry sectors and we are able to offer advice in an informed and commercial context.
Our combination of practice area excellence and industry expertise means we possess real insight into the commercial realities facing our clients operating in these areas. Secondment plays an important part of our commitment to developing our skills and understanding.
2TG is home to award-winning accredited mediators, arbitrators, adjudicators and experts with considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution.
Our barristers are also skilled as advocates in different alternative dispute resolution procedures and work strategically with clients to understand their commercial objectives, and then to resolve litigation as cost-effectively and expeditiously as possible.
Work with an international dimension forms a significant part of many barristers’ work at 2TG.
We appear in international courts and arbitral tribunals all over the world, frequently acting on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. We are particularly well-known for managing cross border litigation on matters of jurisdiction and applicable law and appear regularly in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
At 2TG, in addition to our professional advice, we are recognised for our excellent contribution to education and development. We provide regular high-quality training.
Our reputation among the legal profession and other clients for our first-rate webinars and in-person conferences is very important to us. We also contribute frequently at industry events and as editors of leading texts and authors on topics of legal interest.
Tips for preparing and deploying your moot submissions.
Here are some tips for preparing and deploying your moot submissions:
You should make sure that your skeleton argument is clear, relevant and concise. It’s called a skeleton for a reason! Stick to the points you’ve been asked to address.
Be familiar with mooting conventions – practise how to: introduce and refer to your opponent; address the Judge; cite a case; and close your submissions. If you don’t, when you’re nervous and mid-moot, you’re likely to trip yourself up.
Practise your submissions numerous times, including with your mooting partner. Ask them to give you feedback, and to point out where your argument is unclear or unconvincing. Get them to pretend to be the Judge and to ask you difficult questions so you can practise how you might respond.
When it comes to the moot, be able to summarise your argument in a couple of sentences. If you can’t – you’ve probably not understood it properly!
Most people want to speak more quickly because they are nervous. Try writing ‘slow down’ in big letters at the top of your submissions, and speak more slowly than you think you need to. This can make you seem more confident than you are!
Always start with your best point. Otherwise, if you run out of time you may never get to it.
Structure your arguments. At the start, give the Judge an overview of your submissions, so he or she understands where you are going. As you go through your submissions, let him/her know when you are moving on to a new point. It shows you are in control of what you are saying.
Be prepared for judicial intervention. Think about likely questions and what your response is going to be. It is always impressive for a candidate to be able to answer a point from the Judge by reference to their skeleton argument, or to say ‘I have two/three responses to that point’ and then to go through each one in turn.
Be flexible. If the Judge wants you to deal with a point out of sequence always be ready to adapt. Similarly, if the Judge is with you on a point (or clearly thinks the point is terrible) then move on!
Be familiar with all aspects to the moot. It may be that the Judge will ask a question that is more relevant to your teammate’s submissions. If this is the case you can explain that your teammate will deal with that issue, but ideally also say in very brief outline what your team’s position is.
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