Sussex University set a clinical negligence problem for their mooters. A pregnant mother had gone into spontaneous labour, the hospital had failed to monitor the baby in utero adequately this lead to complications and the mother required an emergency cesarean section. As a direct consequence of this the baby was born with severe brain damage and the mother suffered PTSD after learning of her baby’s disability some hours later. Negligence was admitted by the hospital. There were two grounds of appeal the first asked mooters to consider the law on the classification of primary victims and the second ground asked mooters to consider the interpretation of “a sudden shocking event” and its’ application to the index facts.
The standard of mooting was extremely high with all mooters dealing proficiently with judicial questions. Well done to Maddie Adams-Smith and Oliver Lessiter who were the winners. The judges felt their submissions and responses to interventions were fluid, engaging and confident.
Well done to all mooters and to the organisers, you had clearly worked very hard and the standard was very high.