Vertex Chambers, an upcoming law firm in Dhaka, arranged its inaugural Mooting Competition on the 13th and 19th of October 2012. Although mooting competitions is a regular feature in the law school circuit as a very relevant extra-curricular activity for aspiring future advocates, this competition stood out as this was the first time that such a competition was arranged by any law firm in Bangladesh. Additionally, this was also the first time that a mooting competition was arranged on the subject of corporate and commercial law. Four leading law schools of the country participated in this competition, namely: Brac University School of Law, Southeast University Department of Law, London College of Legal Studies (South) and Newcastle Law Academy.
In the first round, held at the Brac Center on 13th October 2012, Brac University School of Law won against Newcastle Law Academy, while London College of Legal Studies (South) won against Southeast University. Barrister Tanjib Ul Alam, Barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Barrister Sameer Sattar and Barrister Karishma Jahan acted as the judges of the two battles in the first round.
On Friday, 19th October, the two winning teams from the first round faced each other for the final round. The final moot was adjudicated by two Justices of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh namely Dr. Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Madam Justice Farah Mahbub. In a very close and fiercely competitive final moot, Brac University School of Law defeated London College of Legal Studies (South) by a slight margin to become the Winner in the first "Vertex Chambers Annual Mooting Competition 2012". Ms. Naurin Ahmed of Brac University School of Law was adjudged the Best Speaker of the Competition. The Honourable Justices gave feedbacks and suggestions to each team and individual speakers, Their Lordships expressed their surprise at the quality of advocacy skills demonstrated by the mooters, with some of them barely in the first year of their legal studies.
The Winner, Runner Up and Best Speaker received cash prizes and were also offered the opportunity to undertake a two week mini-pupilage (a legal internship/placement) at Vertex Chambers. The partners of Vertex Chambers, Barrister Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury, Barrister Sajeda Farisa Kabir and Barrister Romel Chowdhury expressed their gratitude to all concerned for participating and making this a successful event. They opined that the objective of arranging this one of a kind mooting competition was to demonstrate to law students what lawyers do in real life. They hope to be able to make this Competition a regular annual feature with participation of more law schools.