O’Reilly Stewart trainee represents NI in global competition

Posted on Thursday 2 March 2017 by ub digital

Hanna mcgrath at oreilly stewart solicitors

Hannah McGrath from O'Reilly Stewart

Trainee solicitors Hannah McGrath of O’Reilly Stewart and Roisin Higgins of McQueenie Boyle have won the regional heat of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Client Consultation Competition 2017.

The pair, both students at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, will now go on to represent Northern Ireland at the Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition at the University of Kent, Canterbury from 19-22 April, competing against teams from around the world.

Hannah McGrath said; “We are both delighted to have won and to advance to the internationals in April. The competition is a great opportunity for us to focus in on and develop our client care skills.”

The regional heat of the annual competition provides law students with an opportunity to participate in mock client solicitor consultations.

Competitors are judged by a panel on how they conduct the consultation, establish a professional relationship, elicit the relevant information, explore with the client his or her preferred outcome, outline the nature of the problem, and present the client with options, legal and non-legal, for resolving the problem.

This year’s subject area was Residential Neighbours. The winning team competed against students from the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster.

Commenting on their win, managing partner at O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors, Joe Moore said; “This is a fantastic achievement for both Hannah and Roisin. The competition helps students develop many of the soft, practical skills that are so vital in the workplace.

“I wish them the best of luck for the finals in Canterbury and am confident they will prove great ambassadors, not only for O’Reilly Stewart and McQueenie Boyle, but also for Northern Ireland.”