“Preparation is key; I always prepare the reverse case as well as I do my own”, smiled the head of Employment Law at Thackray Williams, Emma Thompson.

The local law firm has generously agreed to sponsor the School through this year’s Bar Mock Trial Competition and Ms Thompson joined our budding legal team for their first meeting, her competitive focus giving students a taste of what lies ahead.

The Year 12 students taking part will assume the roles of lawyer, witness, usher, courtroom clerk and juror, going head to head with other schools to prosecute and defend cases. The experience will develop their ability to think critically, to build arguments and to present a case with confidence.

This year they will have the invaluable support of Ms Thompson, who will advise them in further meetings in person and also remotely – a very generous gift of her professional time.

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