A team of Tonbridge boys made the regional final of the Independent Schools Mock Trial Competition 2020.
Organised by the Young Citizens charity and involving ten schools, the event took place at Inner London Crown Court on Saturday 25 January.
The competition gives students the opportunity to take part in various trials, working together in teams as crown prosecutors and defence barristers in front of real judges and in a realistic setting. Cases are prepared by professionals in the legal profession, and on Saturday included one about an acid attack and another regarding money laundering.
Students had to display skills in teamwork, public speaking and verbal reasoning. Having emerged as one of the two best teams after three rounds of the contest, the Tonbridge boys (pictured above) were narrowly beaten by City of London School for Girls in the final.
Lindsay McDonald, Modern Languages teacher and Oxbridge Coordinator at Tonbridge, helped prepare the team alongside Old Tonbridgian Steven Gee QC (PH 66-71). Mr McDonald said: “This was a superb team effort under pressure, as any errors or omissions can be costly. The boys were excellent throughout the day and made me extremely proud to be a teacher.”
One of the Crown Court judges singled out Alex Lambert (JH4) as “exceptionally talented”, adding that his role as a barrister was “a truly excellent masterclass in advocacy skills”.
The boys taking part were Eddie Adams (OH3), Zack Clemitson (CH4), Paddy Davies-Jones (Sc4), Seb Evans (Sc4), Freddie Evans (JH4), Sam Ford (WH3), Jonas Freeman (MH3), Charlie Hollis (JH4), Freddie Lacey (PH3), Alex Lambert (JH4), Hector Money (HS4), Will Press (SH3), Duncan Randall (CH3), Rory Smith (JH4) and Patrick Thomson (Sc4).
The eight other schools involved were St George's School, Ibstock Place, Royal Russell School, John Lyon School, Walthamstow Hall, Royal Hospital School, King's College School and City of London Freemen's School.
Pictured below: Finalists with judges outside Inner London Crown Court.