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This is a new event for BB&O Law Society, but it has been copied from a similar event that has been running very successfully at Derby Law School for over 12 years.

The Legal Skills Triathlon will be an annual competition hosted by The University of Law at Reading and the Faculty of Law at Reading University, in conjunction with BB&O Law Society and BB&O Junior Lawyers Division.

The Legal Practice Course is often criticised by trainees and Training Principals alike for not teaching sufficient negotiation, interviewing, and advocacy skills, and the opportunities for cutting one’s teeth in court are now more limited. For junior lawyers, these are essential skills for every legal discipline pretty much across the board.

The Legal Skills Triathlon offers a unique and exciting opportunity to practise and hone these key legal skills in a realistic and competitive setting.

The competition will consist of eight teams of legal professionals partnered with LPC students. Each team will have to conduct a client interview, make a court application, and participate in a negotiation meeting, based on materials provided on the day.

Entrants will be competing for the Kirtons Cup and cash prizes.

On the day, each team will be given a brief for the three tasks (interviewing, negotiation and advocacy) and then some time to prepare, before presenting their pieces in front of a panel of judges, which will be formed from members of the legal profession, academics and [members of the judiciary].

After completing each task, the judges will give the team positive and constructive feedback on their performance. Our aim is that the day will prove an invaluable opportunity for young lawyers to practise their legal skills, and receive feedback on their performance from members of the profession and local academics.

Lateral thinking, commercial awareness and skills performance will take priority over knowledge of law.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three teams with the best combined overall scores, and individual awards will be given to outstanding individuals in each skill:

Best Team Overall                                  1st  £350

      2nd – £250

      3rd – £200

Outstanding Individual Advocate    £150

Outstanding Individual Interviewer  £150

Outstanding Individual Negotiator    £150

All participants will receive a Book Token to the value of £15.

There will an awards ceremony immediately after the event at the University, followed by Judges Question Time, where a panel of our local judges will answer questions.

The day will end with celebratory drinks and nibbles, to which all firms entering a team and any other interested parties will be invited.

Click here to download a copy of the application form.


Our next Annual General Meeting will take place at [ venue TBA ] on [Monday 26th October 2020].

The AGM will be an opportunity to champion the past 12 months’ achievements and announce plans for the events and activities planned for the coming year.

In addition, in 2020 an exciting new series of prizes will be awarded for the first time, with the intention that this will continue at each subsequent AGM.

The Sue Ryder Cup

This award will be presented to the Oxford University student with the highest average mark overall following completion of the BA in Jurisprudence with the Faculty of Law.

A matched donation to the cheque presented to the winning candidate will be made to The Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub, and the winning candidate will receive [Jane to insert details here] in addition to the Sue Ryder Cup.

The Gibson & Weldon Cup

This award will be presented to the University of Law at Reading student with the highest average mark overall following completion of the Legal Practice Course (full time or part time).

The Headington Prize

This award will be presented to the GDL student from Oxford Brookes University with the highest results in the June examination.

The Stanley Award

This award will be given for best exam performance for a Year 2 LL.B. student from the University of Reading.

The Ivy Williams Award

This award will be presented to the youngest Solicitor to be admitted to the roll in the Society’s constituency.

The Lexi Foxhill Prize

This award will be presented to a member of the BB&O Junior Lawyers Division, chosen by its Executive Committee, who is judged to have made the largest contribution on an all-round basis to the group.


The BB&O Law Society is a local law society which represents and supports the legal community in its area. For this reason, there are various categories of membership to choose from, which are designed to address the needs of the local profession. Membership is renewable annually and is open to all solicitors (including retired solicitors and consultants), trainee solicitors, law academics, law students, paralegals, legal executives, and in-house barristers, provided you are in our constituency. Click here to apply online and for details of our membership fees.

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