Open Mooting

Registration for this competition has NOW CLOSED.

Competitors may join the Facebook Group once it has been created.

The 2021 King & Wood Mallesons Open Mooting Competition is Melbourne Law School’s premiere mooting competition. The Competition has four preliminary rounds, which are followed by the Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Grand Final. Students from all year levels of the JD are encouraged to compete in this high-calibre competition. The first four rounds (i.e. those in Semester 1) will be held online via Zoom.

Competition rounds are judged by lawyers from King & Wood Mallesons, practitioners and experienced students. Problems are written by Melbourne Law School faculty and on occasion, past students. Problems will cover vastly different areas of the law, including: Contracts, Torts, Property, Trusts, Corporations Law and Constitutional Law. 

Depending on density restrictions later in 2021, the Semi-Final of the Competition will be held at King & Wood Mallesons’ Melbourne offices and teams are judged by a panel of lawyers from the firm. Members of the public are welcome to attend this event.

Pending restrictions, the Grand Final of the 2021 competition will be held at the Federal Court. Members of the public are also encouraged to attend this event.

Competition Details

Teams must consist of a Senior and Junior Counsel. An Instructing Solicitor who assists in legal research and preparation of the written submissions (and does not speak during the oral submissions) is optional, but encouraged. Team members may rotate positions during the course of the competition so that everyone gets a chance to make oral submissions.

Time commitment: For ALL competitors, the moot problem will be released 1:00PM, two days prior to your moot. As mooting is research based, expect to spend some time reading the problem, undertaking some research and preparing for the moot.

Team size: 2–3 members

Attire: Business

If you have any further questions, please contact Jennifer Ngo and Matt Lagamba on


Round 1: 17/3 and 18/3
Round 2: 21/4 and 22/4
Round 3: 5/5 and 6/5
Quarter-Final: Thursday 29/7
Semi-Final: Thursday 19/8
Grand Final: Tuesday 14/9

Dates and locations are subject to change.



Winners – Cavan Fairall, Mimi Belhaj and Rachael Kelly
Runners Up – Alex Christie, Matt Harper and Tom Robinson
Best Speaker – Rachael Kelly
Judges – Ian Paterson (KWM), Rowena Orr QC (Victorian Solicitor-General) and The Hon Justice Tate

Congratulations to Cavan Fairall, Mimi Belhaj and Rachael Kelly for winning the 2021 King & Wood Mallesons Mooting Competition! Congratulations to Rachael Kelly for winning the ‘Best Speaker’ award.

Congratulations to Alex Christie, Matt Harper and Tom Robinson who were the runners up of the competition.

Thank you to our Co-opts Jennifer Ngo and Matt Lagamba and to all those who participated this year!


2021 – Cavan Fairall, Mimi Belhaj and Rachael Kelly

2020 – Jennifer Ngo, Andrew Herrmann and Darcy Powell

2019 – Stephanie Douvos, William Harris and Mairead O’Connor

2018 – Eloise Culic, Tom Diaz and James Hogan

2017 – William Connolly and Julian O’Donnell 

2016 – Jennifer Keene, Harry Hill-Smith and Tim Higgins

2015 – Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov, Kathryn Wright and Kirsten Sugden

2014 – Nicholas Kotzman, Raoul Renard and Matthew Psycharis

2013 – Nicholas Boyd-Caine, Shawn Rajanayagam and Doug Porteous

2012 – Lewis Cohen, Joshua Anderson and Alex Bicknell

2011 – Nicholas Tam and Paul Annabell

2010 – Brendan Fitzgerald, Sam Naparstek and Jess Chiu

2009 – Daniel Kinsey and Sarah Zeleznikow

2008 – Laura Bellamy and Katherine Payne