Victory for BPP University Law School’s Clare as BPTC student wins Plea in Mitigation competition!

A BPP University Law School student has spoken of her delight after winning the Broadway House Chambers’ Plea in Mitigation Competition 2017.

Clare Bate was one of 24 BPTC students from BPP University Law School in Leeds to enter the competition.

She joined Gareth Hutton, Lorna Robertson and Verity Quaite to progress into the final at Bradford Crown Court. The impressive quartet had to mitigate before His Honor Judge Thomas QC on behalf of a defendant who was in breach of his SOPO and notification requirements.

“It felt brilliant to win the competition. I particularly enjoy plea in mitigation as it offers the opportunity to show your personality and to demonstrate your abilities as a persuasive advocate,” said 21-year-old Clare.

“I am hoping that winning the competition demonstrates my potential and ability to succeed at the Bar as a criminal advocate.”

Ben Smith, Barrister and BPTC Lecturer at BPP University Law School in Leeds, organised the competition and was impressed with the calibre of entrants.

He added: “Both Broadway House Chambers and BPP University Law School were delighted with the overall standard of competitors in the annual Broadway House Plea in Mitigation competition.

“It is a competition exclusive to the BPTC students at BPP University Law School in Leeds and we are thrilled that this year the number of entrants far surpassed anything seen previously.

“As His Honour said on the evening, all entrants ought to be rightly proud of their achievements in making it to the final, not least of all Clare, whose performance on the evening was excellent.”

Everyone connected to BPP University Law School in Leeds would like to thank all participants, Broadway House Chambers and His Honour Judge Thomas QC for their continued efforts to support our aim of training outstanding advocates.

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