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25 April, 2016

Congratulations to Dalriada Academy, winner of the 25th Bar Mock Trial Competition!

On Saturday, 18 finalist school teams - out of more than 200 - came to the Old Bailey with the hope of winning this year's Bar Mock Trial Competition. And the winner was...

Dalriada Academy with Judge Rinder and trophy - BMT winner 2016
Dalriada Academy, Bar Mock Trial winner 2016, sporting their trophy with 'Judge' Robert Rinder (far left)

...Yes, it was Dalriada Academy from Co. Antrim. (There was a lot of screaming.)

BMT winner 2016 - Dalriada Academy on getting through to the final round
Dalriada Academy on getting through to the deciding round (they hadn't even won at this point!)

The runner-up was Wilmslow High School.

BMT runner-up 2016 - Wilmslow High School
Commiserations to the team from Wilmslow High School, which was only just pipped to the post by Dalriada Academy

Katka Sheeranova - Bar Mock Trial Court Reporter winner 2016Sahand Ashrafian - Court Artist winner 2016

Huge congratulations too to Katka Sheeranova (left, above) of Ballyclare High School in Antrim, winner of the Court Reporter element of the competition (judged by none other than top legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg), and to Sahand Ashrafian (right, above) of South Downs College in Hampshire who won the Court Artist element (judged by esteemed court artist Julia Quenzler).

Mentor of the Year 

This year we introduced a new award to recognise the enormous support that professional advocates and barristers give to schools preparing for the competition. The two Mentor of the Year winners were Richard Gray and Dr Tony Lunny.

'It has been a really satisfying experience to have been given the privilege of, I hope, making a positive contribution to the lives of these dedicated and hard-working young people, said Richard Gray. 'Long may it continue for us all.'

'It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the Bar Mock Trial Competition over the years', said Tony Lunny, 'and, indeed, a privilege to be able to share in the enthusiasm, the engagement and the passion of the Academy team over many years. As a practising barrister with over thirty years’ experience, I have found the BMT mentoring process to be a wonderfully refreshing and truly uplifting experience, and I certainly wouldn’t reserve judgement on what is surely one of the absolute must-do extra-curricular activities for young and old alike.'

More about the Bar Mock Trial Competition 

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