Haileybury Mooting Success

Haileybury was proud to enter two teams of competitive thinkers into a pool of 32 other schools at the recent La Trobe High School Mooting competition.

Oxford University Press defines mooting as ‘the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at [school] to appearing in court.’

Haileybury’s number one team, consisting of students Bhuvi Gupta (Year 11), Katya Gvozdenko (Year 11) and Sahil Bhatia (Year 11), all mooted very competitively, conducting themselves admirably throughout the day as they represented Haileybury.

In the end, it was our number two team who saw major success in the competition, making it all the way to the Semi-Final’s where our students defeated Scotch to secure a place in the Final round.

Haileybury’s second team was made up of Raman Sanjayan (Year 11), acting as Instructing Solicitor, Milly Chen (Year 11) as Junior Counsel and Jonathan Coman (Year 11) as Senior Counsel. The team was a winning combination that saw Haileybury take first place.

The finals of the mooting competition were conducted in the Federal Court, just a short walk from our City campus, and was presided over by a bench of barristers, a County Court judge and La Trobe academics.

In addition to helping his teammates to victory, Jonathan Coman also received the prestigious honour the of ‘Best Advocate’ award, an outstanding achievement in the team’s first foray into the complex world of mooting.

La Trobe has awarded our victorious students with engraved trophies, to be presented during School Assembly before the conclusion of Term.

Congratulations to our competitive mooters on this fantastic result!