The Client Interviewing Competition for England & Wales
part of the International Client Consultation Competition
President: Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC
Client Interviewing Competition is a competition for law students. It aims to encourage the promotion and development of the skills
involved with client interviewing within an educational context. It is an annual event which focuses on the invaluable skills of
interviewing and counselling and centres on a simulated law office
interview. Law students, working in teams of two, interview and advise a
“client” -a role-playing actor. They are assessed according to clearly
described criteria which take into account interpersonal skills as well as their
ability to handle a legal problem. The prime aim of this competition is to
promote the development of lawyers' soft skills and to enable law students to
practise them at a high level.
32 law schools entered the 2016 competition. 64
students competed in our new style regionals held in 8 law schools
across England & Wales with the finals hosted by Irwin Mitchell solicitors at their offices in Sheffield. We
again had a very successful national training day at Oxford Brookes
University on 30 January 2016 where over 85 students were briefed and took part in
practice interviews with feedback from experienced coached and ex
winners of the competition.
Brighton, winners of 2016 national
comp, runners up in international!
First time finalists,
the University of Brighton represented by Chloe Chatton and Fionnuala Richardson won this year's
competition held at the Sheffield offices of competition sponsors Irwin Mitchell on
12th March. Feryal Beyrakdar and Meghan Daniels from Kent and Sean Batterton and Sarah Cook from Manchester Met were runners up with
Luke Nelson and Tristan Nind from newcomers Gloucestershire taking a special Undergraduate Award.
Chloe and Fi went on to finish runners up in the
International Client Consultation Competition at the
University of Windsor, Canada at the end of April. The winning team members and the winning law
school received prizes from the Law Society of England & Wales to assist
them in attending the international competition.
Manchester Met sweep 2015 national and international comps
Philippa Byrne and Claire
Coleman, BPTC students from Manchester Metropolitan University, squeaked to first place
in the national competition by a single mark from University of Essex undergraduate students Tasneem Sadiq and
Madeleine Cowper on 7th March. They went on to win the
International Client Consultation Competition in April at the University