National Speed Mooting Competition Autumn Cup 2023
In Partnership With BPP University Law School

The National Speed Mooting Competition Autumn Cup 2023 is taking place on Saturday 28th October 2023 at BPP London Central, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY. Read below for more information. 

This year’s materials have been prepared by a barrister and mooting expert from BPP University Law School.

All places for this competition have now been filled. If you would like to be notified about our future competitions, please join our mailing list by clicking below. 

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National Speed Mooting Competition Autumn Cup 2023 in partnership with BPP University Law School

Sat 28th October 2023 at BPP London Central, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY

9:00 am until 6:00 pm

About the competition

The National Speed Mooting Competition was initially founded by criminal lawyer, John Dove, in the 2012/2013 academic year. There have now been 11 annual competitions. 

The National Speed Mooting Competition Autumn Cup 2023 in partnership with BPP is open to:

– Law undergraduates and graduates;

– GDL students and graduates;

– Masters, BPTC and LPC students and graduates

– Those falling outside of the above parameters at the discretion of the organisers

Participants enter as individuals rather than teams and represent themselves and not their university. There is therefore no limit on the number of students that can enter from any given institution.

The moot problem will be based on a simple point of law. Submissions will be limited to 7 minutes per mooter (hence the name Speed Mooting). This will include the time for intervention. Judges are encouraged to ask only one question, unless there is a specific need for more questioning. The bundle will be sent to participants by no later than 6.00 pm on Friday 27th October 2023.  By sending out the bundle the night before the competition, we are replicating the scenario in practice when a barrister or solicitor receives a later brief to appear in court the next day.

The bundle will include all case law and legislation. Pre drafted skeleton arguments will be included in the bundle. This means that the competition will not involve any drafting or legal research and mooters will be tested on their oral advocacy alone. The competition is judged by practising barristers and solicitors. 


Competition format

The target size for each competition is 128 mooters. The competition will take place over the course of a single day. We will therefore go from having 128 competitors all the way to having a winner in a single day. This will work out as 7 knockout rounds for the winner.

Mooters will have seven minutes to present their submissions in the early rounds and 10 minutes in the semi final and final; hence the name speed mooting. This places huge emphasis on succinct, powerful arguments and avoiding verbosity. Throughout the day participants will be asked to present the case for either the Appellant or the Respondent and this will vary for participants from round to round. Judgments will be given at the end of each moot and some judges may even give feedback, which will allow participants to hone their advocacy skills throughout the day. 

The day starts at 9 am and will be finished by 6pm, although will likely finish before this. If you are eliminated at any stage during the day, you are free to leave. If you are eliminated, you are more than welcome to stay for the additional features in the afternoon and/or to watch the final. 

Other Features on the Day

There will be a Q&A session with lawyers of varying degrees of experience that can provide advice on applications, interviews and life in practice. There will also be a mock trial with practising lawyers acting as the advocates. This will allow you to pick up useful tips on court advocacy. 
Lunch, Teas and Coffees
Lunch, teas and coffees will be provided on the day.


The winner will receive an iPad. The runner up will receive a £75.00 Amazon voucher. 


All places in the competition have now been filled. If you would like to join our mailing list to be notified about our future competitions, click below to join our mailing list. 



John Dove

Founder of the National Speed Mooting Competition