Budding legal eagles put their negotiation skills to the test as part of a University of Hull annual competition.
The university’s Law School held its annual Negotiation Competition which aims to provide students with invaluable practical skills to benefit them in their future careers.
In the competition, two teams are given an identical set of common facts and then another confidential brief from a fictitious ‘client,’ specific to each team. Each team consists of two people who need to reach a satisfactory settlement for their ‘client’ with the other team.
Prizes were presented to the winning team by Neil Hudgell, Managing Director of Neil Hudgell Solicitors which sponsored the event as part of a series of events to mark its 15th anniversary.
Neil Hudgell said: “The ability to negotiate confidently is an essential element of becoming a successful lawyer. We are delighted to have played our part in this extremely worthwhile competition which gives students a great opportunity to demonstrate their practical skills.”
Neil Hudgell studied law at the Universities of Staffordshire and Hull and was also awarded a Doctorate in Law by the University of Hull in 2009.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors, which specialises in compensation claims for personal injury, medical negligence, was established in 1997 and over the years has employed a number of graduates from the university’s Law School.
Today, the firm now has three offices in Hull, one in Leeds and plans to expand further.
Sponsorship of the Negotiation Competition is the latest in a series of initiatives to mark the firm’s 15th anniversary.
The company recently launched the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust in a bid to give local organisations across Yorkshire the opportunity to bid for funds to help them with neighbourhood projects. Under the scheme, community groups are invited to bid for up to £1,000 each, with 15 organisations being rewarded every three months.
Among the first beneficiaries of the Trust is Freddie’s Friends – a charity which was set up in memory of Freddie Appleyard who passed away from a rare brain disease aged just 2 years 4 months. Freddie’s parents Mark and Rachel, set up the charity to fund specialist equipment and toys and also trips for sick and disabled children in the local area.