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Negotiation is the most popular Alternative Dispute Resolution ('ADR') mechanism in legal practice today. Negotiation is not only used a way to resolve disputes. It occurs everywhere in the commercial context, especially when negotiating terms of a contract. Basic skills of negotiation are important and necessary for commercial and legal practice.
The 2018 Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition mimics a mediation session between two teams of lawyers, each representing a hypothetical party in an attempt to negotiate through and resolve a dispute. Teams consist of two members each, who shall remain together for the duration of the competition. After preparing, the teams will come together to discuss the various issues and attempt to come to an agreement that best meets their client’s instructions. The problems could include various scenarios such as negotiating a damages settlement for health problems caused by toxic waste from a nearby factory (like in ‘Erin Brockovich’), or negotiating for a train driver’s seat to have a cup-holder or armrest (like in the Metro trains and train drivers’ union negotiation).
To ensure that all competitors have the opportunity to put their negotiation skills to the test against other law students, all teams will be guaranteed participation in at least two fixtures (Rounds 1 & 2). From Round 2, the competition will take the form of a knockout style competition.
Time commitment: The brief will be released at 1:00PM the day before teams are scheduled to compete. Teams are expected to read over the briefing and devise a strategy. It is important that teams have a detailed knowledge of the problem, so that they do not need to refer to basic information during the negotiation. The more practice and preparation teams undertake, the better. The brief received by the competitors will contain a given set of common facts, which set out the background of the scenario.
Team size: 2 members
Registration: Will open Friday 2 March 2018, 7:30PM.
Information and Skills Session:
Thursday 1 March 2018, Room 102, 1:30–2:00PM (the information session is held directly after the Client Interview Information Session).
Semester 1, Week 4: Monday 19 and Thursday 22 March 2018
Semester 1, Week 6: Monday 9 and Thursday 12 April 2018
Semester 1, Week 8: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April 2018 (Note: Due to Law Ball on Thursday 26 April, the competition time is different this week.)
Semester 1, Week 10: Monday 7 and Thursday 10 May 2018
Semester 2, Week 2: Monday 30 July 2018
Semester 2, Week 5: Monday 20 August 2018 (TBC)
Semester 2, Week 9: Monday 17 September, 6:30pm at Clayton Utz Melbourne office
Download a sample Negotiation scenario from the 2012 competition here.
Download the 2018 MULSS Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition Guidebook here.
2017: Grace Bilham and Alisha D'Souza
2016: Thomas Diaz and Matthew Caldow
2015: Hector Sharp and Emma Reed
2014: Karina Bradley and James Gray
2013: Cyril Cotterall-Debay and Daniel Wright
2012: Antony Freeman and Nicholas James Baum
2011: Andrea De Souza and Daniel Holmes
2010: Jiaying Zhang and Julia Wang
2009: Nicholas Liau and Samantha Jreissati