President's Cup 2020 Finalists & Winner!

President's Cup 2020 Finalists & Winner!

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Written: 8th Dec 2020

On Monday 7th December at 6pm, our lap tops were on, we had checked into the Zoom President's Cup negotiation competition room and welcomed our two finalists.

Once again this year the Society received a large pool of entries from the junior lawyers and students of Nottinghamshire.  This competition has been part of the Society's competition calendar since 1997 and like the Hammond Cup (normally held in Spring) is always well supported with entries.

This year the finalists were chosen by the Education & Training Committee panel, chaired by Helen Fanning from Cartwright King.  After looking at the various negotiation techniques displayed in Round 1 from all the entries, two clear finalists were identified in Ka Man Shing from Browne Jacobson and Katherine Goodman from Eversheds-Sutherland.

The negotiation scene was set, the agenda's discussed and the negotiation began.   Both finalists showed excellent negotiating skills and certainly X-factor moments, leading to an ultimate winner.  Finishing in a record 26 minutes, the competition was over, now to the Judges to find out who would be the President's Cup 2020 champion.

This year the judging panel consisted of President Philip Turton, accompanied by Vice President Janine Smith, Helen Fanning and Education and Training Committee member, Steve Kirby.  The competition was observed by Laura Pinkney (Head of Legal Advice Centre), Jane Ching (NTU Law School) and Sarah Murray, NJLD Academic Secretary.

There were also guest appearances from supporters including Katherine's family in Bristol.  Not only was this the first year that the competition was held virtually but, to have an audience extending as far as Bristol was another moment in history.

After careful deliberation, the finalists were allowed into the judging room from their breakout room and the winner was announced.  The Society's President, Philip Turton summarised the judges thoughts on presentation, style, drive and X-factor and the winner was announced - Ka Man Shing, from Browne Jacobson.

Both finalists were congratulated for their participation in the competition and virtual hand-shakes took place.   The finalists receive cash prizes and the winner takes home the  beautiful trophy for a year.

Pictured below are some of our virtual competition moments...

Finalists Ka Man Shing from Browne Jacobson & Katherine Goodman

from Eversheds-Sutherland

President Philip Turton, outlines the competition rules...

Congratulations to Ka Man Shing on winning the 2020 President's Cup Compeition.

Congratulations to finalist Katherine Goodman