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Future Barristers Battle it out in London

The College of Law Birmingham Triumph At Final Of The First LexisNexis Green Book & BPP National BVC Mooting Competition

London, 6 July, 2009 – LexisNexis today announced The College of Law Birmingham as winners of the inaugural Green Book & BPP National BVC Mooting Competition, defeating BPP London in a close fought moot to take the title. The final, held at BPP Holborn, was judged by Lord Neuberger and showcased the very best of legal talent from the country’s finest aspiring lawyers.

The winners, Amy Jackson and William Hotham from The College of Law Birmingham, walk away with a prize of £500 and two years free subscription to the prestigious Civil Court Practice, known as the Green Book. In earlier stages of the competition they defeated representatives from Nottingham and BPP Leeds in the quarter then semi-finals before masterfully arguing their way to victory in London.

Amy and William said of their win, “Taking part in the Green Book Moot has been a truly enjoyable experience. When we heard Lord Neuberger was to judge the final it made us all the more determined to reach it! Giving submissions before Lord Neuberger was an exhilarating experience and a true honour. Sarah Cooper who appeared for College in the earlier rounds shares in our success. We are all grateful to LexisNexis and BPP for this opportunity to demonstrate and develop our passion for law.”

Nicky Briggs, Editorial and Publishing Director, LexisNexis, said, “We are delighted to team up with BPP to promote such a highly important extra-curricular activity for law students. The skills that those studying the BVC can put in to practice and hone in this national competition will be a real benefit to their professional careers. The evident use of legal resources, exceptional familiarity with the law, and coherently developed legal arguments of the winners was a joy to watch and I wholeheartedly congratulate them.”

Christopher Costigan, BPP host said, “This exciting competition demonstrates an excellent synergy between BPP Law School and LexisNexis. We are delighted to be able to give BVC students all across the country the opportunity to practice using key practitioner texts like the Green Book, and we hope to continue the success of this competition next year.”

This year’s competition, to celebrate the launch of Civil Court Practice 2009 (the Green Book), saw eight  teams from six colleges taking part, with early stages judged by top judges and barristers. LexisNexis and BPP will continue to work together on future competitions to showcase the very best of talent from lawyers in training.

The Green Book – Civil Court Practice 2009
The Civil Court Practice 2009 (commonly known as the Green Book) is the leading text on civil procedure rules, covering everything lawyers need in court and when preparing a case.

Completely updated for 2009, this definitive two-volume work continues to excel for completeness, accessibility and ease of use. The Green Book is known for its clear, comprehensive and pertinent explanation of the Rules, the cases and their application. This detailed coverage is unrivalled by other texts on civil procedure and places the Green Book firmly at the top of the litigation tree.

The Green Book provides a solid understanding of the Civil Procedure Rules, fundamental to success as a civil or commercial litigator. Trusted by thousands, the Green Book is regularly cited lending weight to arguments in the High and County Courts alike.

Led by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury the Green Book editorial team includes judges, academics and legal practitioners to offer a highly authoritative resource base of procedural management expertise.

About LexisNexis

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In the UK, LexisNexis ( online services include LexisLibrary - named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards - and Nexis® the single most powerful global news & business information service. The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.

About BPP College of Professional Studies
BPP College of Professional Studies (“BPP College”), which comprises BPP Business School and BPP Law School, is owned by BPP Holdings plc, a FT-SE 250 company.  BPP College is the first private sector, publicly owned organisation  to be granted degree awarding powers by the Privy Council. BPP College delivers business and law programmes across five centres, Leeds, Manchester and London (Holborn, Waterloo and the City) and has more than 5,500 students. For more information about BPP College please visit

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