Registration for this competition has now CLOSED.
Competitors may join the Facebook group here.
The 2019 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.
Preliminary rounds are held at Melbourne Law School, with the Grand Final being held at Clayton Utz in Melbourne on Monday 16 September 2019. Members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final.
Congratulations to Max Arundel & Zoe Stathis for winning the 2019 Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition. Congratulations to Thea Stephenson & Chris Warwick, who were the runners up of the competition.
Thank you to Dan Smailes for writing the Grand Final Problem and thank you to all those who participated in 2019.
2019 – Max Arundel & Zoe Stathis
2018 – Pia Mitchell and Sarah Watling
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 – Daniel Wright and Cyril Cotteral-Debay
2012 – Nicholas James Baum and Antony Freeman
2011 – Andrea De Souza and Daniel Holmes
2010 – Jiaying Zhang and Julia Wang
2009 – Nicholas Liau and Samantha Jreissati
2008 – Unknown
2007 – Joel Tito and Julienne Hortle