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Virtual PLT Negotiation competition huge success

First published 27 April 2020

The QUT PLT Negotiation competition is one of the most popular QUT Law Society (QUTLS) competitions each year and for the first time ever, it was held online. Connecting more students and teams than ever before, the use of an online platform expanded the reach of the competition, enabling over 40 teams from across Queensland to compete.

Many law students compete to gain experience in a QUTLS competition and to hone their negotiation skills, which are critical skills to have within many careers not just the legal profession.

Spanning over two weeks, the competition featured three evenings of preliminary rounds, six semi-final rounds and a grand final. In each round, competitors received a new problem and new clients to represent. Judges included previous winners and real-world legal professionals.

Simona Varga, QUTLS Director of Competitions, spoke highly of this year’s competitors.

“The calibre of teams was exceptionally high this year and it was fantastic to see students engaging in positive, well-thought out agendas and offering creative ideas throughout their respective rounds.”

Judged by Gabe Bednarek, Barrister-at-law and Christopher Hughes, Barrister-at-law, the Grand Final was closely contested by Sarah Sheppard and Olivia Lambert against Renee Stevens and Jolie Beckett. Though both teams competed at a high standard, Sara and Olivia were judged to be the winners of the competition.

The 2020 QUT PLT Negotiation Competition took place over Zoom: Judges deliver verdict to student competitors.

Congratulations to all students who took part in the competition, and to Sarah Sheppard and Olivia Lambert for winning the 2020 QUT PLT Negotiation competition.

Watch the PLT Negotiation Final here.

Visit the QUTLS website for more information about upcoming events and competitions.

Read more about QUT’s Practical Legal Training course here.