In a rapidly changing legal climate, negotiation is a skill that is vital to any career in law. The need and desire to reach settlements outside of court has never been greater than it is in the modern day.

Participants in negotiation competitions are given a common set of facts, known by all the parties, and confidential information that will only be known to the participants representing a particular side. The overarching aim is for an agreement to be reached that would be suitable for both parties. Participants receive credit for teamwork, concession management, observation of ethics and the eventual outcome.

Even for those who do not eventually pursue a career in law, negotiation can be an invaluable skill. Business, finance and management careers will draw upon the skills required by a good negotiator.

The Negotiation Competition

Left to right: Amanda Yeo, Alexander Katznelson, Professor Bob Watt, Shida Azari, Chi Ng

Left to right: Amanda Yeo, Alexander Katznelson, Professor bob Watt, Shida Azari, Chi Ng

Negotiation competitions are conducted within law schools, at a regional level (among teams representing their respective law schools in the region) and at the national level (for teams qualifying for the final competition) in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal / commercial issues. The winners of the National Competition represent England & Wales in the International Negotiation Competition.

Buckingham Law School has maintained an exceptionally strong showing in the National Negotiation Competition.

The Law School’s excellence in the National Competition reached its peak in 2006, when the Law School won the National Competition and represented England & Wales in the International Negotiation Competition in Florida, USA.

In 2015, 4 students who were the champions and runners-up of the internal negotiations competition represented the Law School at the regional heats held at the University of Surrey. One of the teams placed third and will be competing in nationals in April at the University of London.

For more information, visit The Negotiation Competition CEDR website, or the Buckingham Student Law Society.


Honour Board

2014-15Chi Ng, Amanda Yeo (above)
Regional Competitors
Shida Azari, Alexander Katznelson (above)
Regional Competitors (3rd Place)
2013-14Elle Hunt, Justin Jannati
Willin Belliard, Sol Espejo
Regional Competitors
2009-10Stephen Thomas, Leanne Coulton
Dominique Rolle, Manwaritan Dhalliwal
Regional Competitors
2008-9Lincoln Bain, Laurie Kay Outten
Laura Taylor, Ekaterina Sukhorokova
Regional Competitors
2007Robin Carroll, Atoussa MahmoudpourChristian Tavares-Finson, Numaan Zeb
Regional Competitors
2006Tom Durbin & Denise Saunders
National Competition Winners
International Negotiation Competition (Florida) Runners-up.
2005Paul Hogarth-Blood & Patrick Zawadski
National Finalists
2004Christine C & Carol Solomon
National Finalists
2003Simon Payne & Randolf Dorsett
Regional Competitors
2001Mario Gray & Adejoke Babington-Ashaye
National Semi-finalists