2018 Stout Shield Moot winners

24 May 2018
2018 winners of the Stout Shield, Jack Garden and Naushyn Janah

A dispute over aspects of a Sale and Purchase Agreement for a company selling ready-to-cook food hampers was the background for this year’s prestigious Stout Shield Moot finals at the Auckland High Court last week.

Competing in historic Court Room One, Naushyn Janah and Jack Garden won the Stout Shield and the Gary Davis Memorial Prize, with Naushyn also winning the Geoffrey Powell Prize for Best Oralist. The other finalists were Diana Qiu and Yao Dong. All four performed exceptionally well and dealt expertly with the questions, on penalty clauses and contractual mistakes.  

The finalists appeared before Justice Lang from the Auckland High Court, alongside Kate Davenport QC from Bankside Chambers and Jesse Wilson from Bell Gully, also a former winner.

The Stout Shield commemorates Sir Robert Stout, who was a law teacher, Attorney General, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of New Zealand. The competition was first held during Professor Stone’s deanship in 1940, and many of its winners and finalists have gone on to great things in the legal profession.

The Auckland Law School would like to thank Bell Gully as sponsors of the Stout Shield and for providing the mooting problem, as well as Gretta Schumacher, Hannah Reid, Carter Pearce, and Cam Jacob-Sauer for judging the preliminary rounds; Caitlin Hollings, Alex Ho and Richard Massey for judging the semi-finals; and Justice Lang, Kate Davenport QC and Jesse Wilson for judging the finals.