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28 February 2022, 6:00pm to 28 February 2022, 7:00pm
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Join us at 6pm on Monday 28 February for a moot court in memory of Sir John Laws.

This fundraising event is set in our Court of Appeal, where one of the Billy Goats Gruff is appealing against his conviction for manslaughter following an unfortunate encounter with a troll…

The moot court will bring together barristers, judges, law students, Friends of Cumberland Lodge and members of the public, in person or online – all are welcome to attend. It takes place in memory of Sir John Laws, who had a distinguished legal and academic career, and served as a Visitor at Cumberland Lodge from 2003 until his death in 2020.

We are delighted to be joined by our Court of Appeal:

Our mooting barristers include:

  • Kirsty Brimelow QC
  • Simon Myerson QC
  • Two representatives from Big Voice London, the social mobility charity, supporting students from non-fee paying schools to explore the UK legal system.

What is mooting?

A moot court simulates a court hearing in which participants analyse a fictional problem (in this case, our adapted tale of the Billy Goats Gruff!), research the relevant law, prepare written submissions, and present oral arguments. It has been part of the process of training lawyers for centuries and plays an important role in legal education.


For people joining us online, the moot starts at 6pm and finishes at 7pm.

If you are attending in person, you are welcome to arrive from 4.30pm for tea and coffee.

This event will include a three-course dinner and overnight tickets are available.


All proceeds from this event will help us to develop our work with young people, in memory of Sir John Laws.


Those attending online will receive a link 24 hours in advance of the event.

For our cancellation policy, please see the PDF download on this page.

For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Galvin (Programme Administrator) on 01784 497794 or email

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