Complex legal issues argued at John Haigh QC Memorial Moot

09 August 2016
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From left; Thomas Leggat and Edward Foley with John Haigh QC's brother Tim Haigh

Auckland Law School students Edward Foley and Thomas Leggat have won this year’s John Haigh QC Memorial Moot.

The final took place at the Auckland High Court in the historic surrounds of Court Room One. Now in its third year, the judges were Justices Moore and Davison and Paul East QC, who listened to submissions and questioned the participants, in front of a packed courtroom.

This year’s moot problem, written by Kris Gledhill, focused on the criminal defenses of insanity and automatism, reflecting the late John Haigh’s interest in criminal law, one of the areas he practised in.

Mooting is an invaluable art that hones legal research, presentation and communication skills. Although both sides demonstrated outstanding advocacy on the night, Edward Foley and Thomas Legatt, who were counsel for the respondents, narrowly defeated Caitlin Anyon-Peters and Samuel Brebner, who were counsel for the appellants.

The winners receive a trophy and $2,000 and the runners up receive $500 each.
The John Haigh QC Memorial Moot is open to all Auckland Law School students in their third-year and above. The competition is endowed by a memorial fund established by the class of 1970, of which John was a member.

Anyone wanting to honour John Haigh’s life and professional contribution by making a donation to the Memorial Fund can contact Catherine Davies or 022 396 4661 or

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Edward Foley, counsel for the respondents, during the moot.