10th Greg Everard Memorial Moot Competition

02 September 2012

Greg Everard moot winner 2012
From left to right: Tim Conder, James Ruddell, Frances Everard, Jack Oliver-Hood, Madeline Everard, Hon Justice Helen Winkelmann, David Campbell, Peter Bevan, Andrew Stockley

The 10th Greg Everard Memorial Mooting Competition has been won by fifth year law student, Jack Oliver-Hood.

Held at the Auckland High Court on the evening of the 22 August, the moot was presided over by Chief High Court Judge, Justice Helen Winkelmann, who worked for the late Greg Everard early in her legal career.

The Greg Everard Memorial Mooting Competition is sponsored by Kensington Swann and was established in memoriam of Greg Everard, an alumnus of the Auckland Law School and a leading barrister. Greg joined Kensington Swann in 1993 and specialised in civil litigation. He excelled in the discipline of mooting.

The four finalists in this year’s moot, Peter Bevan, Tim Conder, Jack Oliver-Hood,and James Ruddell were selected from 22 contestants participating in preliminary rounds over three nights, judged by Rohan Havelock (Faculty of Law), Tyrone Cooley (Kensington Swan) and Michael Robertson (Robertson Law).

With an audience of fellow law students, friends, family, Faculty of Law staff and members of the Everard family, the contestants faced a problem concerning the liability of the vendor of an IT company for breach of the Fair Trading Act by failing to disclose a report relating to the viability of its business.

Jack Oliver-Hood commented that his year’s Everard Moot Competition was “exceptionally close and I was honoured to be chosen as the winner. The Greg Everard Moot has a very different feel to it than the other moots that I've done - you know that it's more than just another competition; it's an occasion to remember someone. And it was even more special given that it was the 10th anniversary of the moot being established, and it was presided over by Judge Winkelmann who knew Mr Everard personally.”

The Greg Everard Memorial Moot was established in recognition of Greg Everard’s practice as counsel in civil and commercial cases. The winner of the moot is awarded a prize of $2,500. Since its inception in 2003 — through the generosity of Greg's family, friends and colleagues — the Everard Memorial Moot has enabled competitors to test their appellate advocacy in hypothetical civil litigation. The final of the Moot continues to attract large numbers of Greg's colleagues and friends — as well as students from the Faculty of Law.