Testing advocacy

12th May 2021

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Wadham Law students put their advocacy skills to the test under the scrutiny of Court of Appeal judge, and Wadham alumnus, The Right Honourable Lord Justice Holroyde (Law, 1973).

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    (Clockwise from top left) Lord Justice Holroyde, Angel Chun, Joseph Grosvenor, Joseph Khaw, Lucy Taylor, Jenny Boddy.

In his most recent high profile case in the Court of Appeal, dozens of former Post Office workers had their convictions for theft, fraud and false accounting quashed by Lord Justice Holroyde, sitting with Mr Justice Picken and Mrs Justice Farbey.

At the Wadham College Law Society Moot, Lord Justice Holroyde, heard from appellants and respondents about what constitutes ‘touching’ under section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The appellants in the moot, Angel Chun (Law, 2020) and Joseph Grosvenor (Law, 2018), contested the claim that touching of a sexual nature had taken place and addressed the subject of consent regarding a couple who were in a relationship at the time of the incident.

Respondents Lucy Taylor (Law, 2019) and Joseph Khaw (Law, 2020) argued that indirect touching of a sexual nature had taken place and that consent had not been given.

Lord Justice Holroyde commended all four advocates on their “splendid performance” concluding that “there must be some physical contact” for touching of a sexual nature to have taken place and that there was “very little evidence of consent”.

The student mooters were congratulated by Lord Justice Holroyde on their ability to put up with “irritating questions from the bench – a real test of advocacy skills,” declaring Lucy and Joseph to be the overall winners of the competition.

Answering questions from the 50 strong audience, mediated by Warden, Ken Macdonald QC, Lord Justice Holroyde commented on the additional pressures of high profile public interest cases like that of the post office workers, saying: “It emphasises the need to be so careful in what you say.”

This Wadham College Law Society event took place after a one-year hiatus, and was organised by Wadham Fellow Jenny Boddy with Meher Pahuja (Law, 2019), who acted as clerk during the debate.

About the teams

Appellant

Senior Counsel: Angel Chun

Angel Chun is a first-year undergraduate with a keen interest in Criminal Law and Public International Law. She is honoured to be the Senior Counsel for the Appellant in this year’s Wadham College Law Society Moot.

She is exploring International Criminal Law as a representative of Oxford University in the upcoming Nuremberg Moot Court 2021. Prior to university, she was the Best Speaker at the 2019 Hong Kong Bar Association Debating Competition where her team emerged champions in the Cantonese tournament. Eager to test her bilingual skills, she participated in the Westlaw-University of Derby Contract Law Moot and the Gibson Dunn-OSCOLA Commercial Law Moot in her first two terms at Oxford, where her teams were semi-finalist and quarter-finalist respectively. She looks forward to learning from everyone today.

Junior Counsel: Joseph Grosvenor.

Joseph Grosvenor is a second-year law student at Wadham and is excited to be Junior Appellant in this year’s Wadham College Law Society Moot, not least because the problem focusses on criminal law which is an area which has peaked Joseph's interest since he studied it in first year.

At school Joseph regularly took part in public speaking and debating competitions, captaining the Great Britain Schools team at the 2017 World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Sydney, Australia.

Joseph recently represented Wadham in the annual inter-college cuppers mooting competition, gaining the highest individual speaker score in our opening round win over Mansfield College. Joseph has also been selected to take part in the National Speed Mooting Competition sponsored by BPP University Law School later this year.

Respondent

Senior Counsel: Lucy Taylor

Lucy is a second-year Law student. Her favourite subjects so far have been Administrative and Constitutional Law, but she also enjoyed the more theoretical aspect of Jurisprudence. Lucy has participated in the Criminal Law Virtual Moot 2020, the Oxford Inter-Collegiate ‘Cuppers’ Moot (alongside Joseph Grosvenor!) and has completed the Legal Research Mooting Skills Programme. She was also involved in the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot but took part as a Clerk.

Junior Counsel: Joseph Khaw

Joseph is a first-year Law student who particularly enjoyed studying Criminal and Roman Law. He was the highest-scoring first-year mooter in the Gibson Dunn-OSCOLA Commercial Law Moot 2020, represented Oxford at the NLIU-Justice R.K. Tankha Memorial International Arbitration Moot 2021 where the team emerged Best International Team, and will be representing Oxford at the UNSW Private Law Moot in May 2021.