Joanne Martin and Scott Porter

TWO students from Anglia Ruskin University's Anglia Law School have won through to the international finals of a major law competition.Joanne Martin, from South Woodham Ferrers, and Scott Porter, from Witham, won the National Client Interviewing Competition at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

TWO students from Anglia Ruskin University's Anglia Law School have won through to the international finals of a major law competition.

Joanne Martin, from South Woodham Ferrers, and Scott Porter, from Witham, won the National Client Interviewing Competition at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

They were crowned top team over eight other finalists, beating Cardiff University to second place and Oxford Institute to third place.

The competition is sponsored by the Law Society and on average, 24 universities from England and Wales take part each year.


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Anglia Law School has now won it on four occasions.

The contest consists of a first interview with a client by two students acting as legal advisers. This year, the subject was family law, providing some interesting legal and moral problems for the interviewers.

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The winning team now goes on to compete on behalf of England and Wales during Easter at the University of Sydney, accompanied by their coach, Lindsey Squire.

They will compete against teams including ones from America, Canada, Australia, Scotland, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and India.

Ms Martin said: “We were all stunned, speechless and elated when we found out we had won. It was quite nail-biting as the results were read out in reverse order and when we did not come second or third we did not imagine we had won.”

Ms Squire said the students had worked “incredibly hard” to pull off the win. They get £250 each, and the winning law school gains £1,000 from the Law Society of England and Wales.

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