Brighton University graduate Patrick Kershaw collected not only his degree certificate at his graduation ceremony – he was also awarded a prize for being on the winning team for the university’s 2014 Client Interviewing Competition.
Patrick, a CPE student at Brighton University’s School of Law and Business, teamed up with Leo Thivent, a fellow CPE student, to take part in the competition that was held at the university in December 2014. It was judged by solicitors from Gerard Maye Legal. The theme of the competition was ‘Small Businesses’, chosen to highlight how important commercial awareness is for future lawyers.
The competition was organised with the University of Brighton Law and Business School and is sponsored by the Law Society as a national event. Jeanette Ashton, Law Lecturer at the School, led a series of workshops with the students which covered communication styles, active and passive listening, questioning techniques, advising the client on the relevant area of law, and exploring both legal and non-legal options.
Patrick and Leo went head to head with students Nathalie Landels and Carole Jowett, interviewing a ‘client’ about a tricky business problem. Gerard Maye and John Searby, who judged the competition, were impressed with the quality of the interviewing and how both pairs had built a rapport with their client. Although the competition was close, the prize went to Patrick and Leo. Patrick and Leo went on to represent the University of Brighton in the Law Society national heats in London in February 2015.
Patrick was presented with a £25 book token from Marisa Green, of Gerard Maye Legal, at the University’s Graduation Ceremony held at the Brighton Dome on 31st July 2015. Leo, who was out of the country at the time of the ceremony, also received a £25 book token.