For diplomats - or those who think that their diplomacy skills could use some polishing! Either way, negotiation competition gives students the chance to hone their skills at the negotiating table.
Two teams, each of two solicitors, meet to discuss a dispute between their clients. Each team is provided with a description of the fact scenario. Some facts are known to both teams, but each team has some secrets too. Each team is also armed with instructions from their client detailing exactly what outcome they should seek – and what should be avoided at all costs.
The negotiation itself can last for up to an hour, after which each team is given a chance to review their own performance before a winner is picked. The winner is not necessarily the team that walks away with the better deal, but the one which gets closest to their client’s wishes.
For more information, see the 2011 Negotiation rules here.
The 2011 Competition will be sponsored by Freehills.