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16 March 2021

Trainee Solicitors set for International Competition

Two Trainee Solicitors from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies are celebrating after winning the national heat of the Client Consultation Competition.

The competition which is organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and held annually, provides an opportunity for law students to participate in mock client solicitor interviews.

The theme for this year’s regional and international competition is Human Rights as they affect Women and Children with a specific focus on Human Trafficking.

This year’s competition was hosted virtually with teams from the undergraduate Schools of Law from Ulster University at Jordanstown and Ulster University at Magee and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies participated in the competition.

Each team was assessed on a range of skills sets including how they conducted a client interview, built rapport with the client and analysed and assessed their specific needs.

This year’s winning team were trainee solicitors Robert Bellingham and Rebecca Lucas from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies who were coached by Ruth Craig and Stuart Harper.

Robert and Rebecca will now represent Northern Ireland at the international Brown and Mosten International Client Consultation Competition.

The prestigious competition will be hosted “virtually” by the. Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University, Wales from 6- 10 April 2021. 

The Society wishes Robert and Rebecca every success in the international competition.



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