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St Peter's School with Francesca Payne (left) and Michelle Holt (right)

St. Peter’s School Bar Mock Trial supported by leading local law firm

| Published on May 7, 2019

Humphries Kirk is supporting St. Peter’s School’s entry into the nationwide Bar Mock Trial competition.

The mock trial competition involves over 2,000 students from nearly 200 schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This experience improves young people’s life skills, their understanding of the justice system and the legal system, as well as explaining how the law touches every aspect of their lives.

Adam Scott, partner at Humphries Kirk in Bournemouth, commented:

“We were so impressed by the work that the students had put together in their sponsorship proposal that we felt we had to get involved and support the initiative. It will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved, and we hope it helps to inspire the next generation of legal professionals.”

The school will be preparing for its regional mock trial, which takes place in Southampton during November, and if successful they will go on to the National Final at the Old Bailey in London next spring.

If the school is successful following the Nationals, they will be encouraged to learn American law ahead of the Empire Mock Trial international competition in New York, where they will be acting for the defence and prosecution on a much larger case.

Luke Herford, teacher and Bar Mock coach at St. Peter’s School, added:

“The Humphries Kirk sponsorship is greatly appreciated as it allows the students to focus on the trial cases and not think about how to fund the team expenditure. The sponsorship will also allow the students to bring enhanced professionalism to the trials via their court materials and attire.”

Miah Herford, year 12 student (barrister and witness) at St. Peter’s School, added:

“My personal confidence has skyrocketed. In addition, Bar Mock has developed my hard skills of public speaking, analysing evidence, writing and memorising trial questions and speeches. It has also improved my soft skills so I am more self-assured in class, and mingling with people.”

Rob Griffith, barrister mentor for St Peter’s School, added:

“The advocacy competencies I see displayed by each young student matches anything I have seen from law graduates training to be barristers. Their courtroom persona is remarkable.”  

Humphries Kirk has offices in Bournemouth, Parkstone, Poole, Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester and Crewkerne, a consulting room in London and an international network of lawyers. Visit www.hklaw.eu for more information.

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