Join us at the Cumberland Lodge Moot Court – Regina vs. Billy Goat I

Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park, is holding a fundraising moot court in memory of Sir John Laws. The moot court takes place at 6pm on Monday 28 February. We would appreciate it if you could forward this email and share widely.

We bring together barristers, judges, law students, Friends of Cumberland Lodge, and members of the public, in person or online – all are welcome to attend. The event takes place in memory of Sir John, who had a distinguished legal and academic career, and served as a Visitor at Cumberland Lodge from 2003 until his death in 2020. All funds raised will support our charitable work with young people.

This 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…

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

·       Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir QC

·       The Rt Hon Lady Justice Whipple

·       The Rt Hon Sir David Bean

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.

If you are unfamiliar with 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.

In-person tickets are £100 and include a three-course dinner in one of our historic dining rooms. We are also offering the opportunity to stay overnight at our former royal residence in the heart of the Great Park. Tickets that include an overnight stay and breakfast are available at £225 for a single room, and £400 for two people (twin and double rooms available).

Online tickets are £10 per person if you would prefer to enjoy the moot from the comfort of your own home.

You can buy your tickets here.