Negotiations is a competition in which two parties intend to reach a settlement between themselves that is beneficial for their client, without the need of having to resort to litigation. In teams of two you are given a fictional scenario and information specified by the client as confidential which should not be released to the other party. Do not worry if you do not have a partner to sign up with, the Officers will pair you up with someone that you can enter with so that you can still compete.
Once you have received the scenario, you must work together to unpick it, decipher the clients ideal outcome and the minimum deal that they would accept. As a team, you will need to identify elements of the client's situation that may be beneficial or detrimental to their position during negotiations. It is important to then prepare for the different deals that your client would be happy with. By doing so, you will avoid being blindsided by the other party and as a result, should be less likely to accept an unsatisfactory deal unknowingly.
By participating in this competition you can practice and improve on a number of skills that are highly valued by various professional fields. As most disputes are no longer taken to Court, negotiations is a vital tool for resolving disputes outside the judiciary system. Taking part in this competition will allow you to gain a real insight into the practice of law as you experience the method hands on. It is without question, a great addition to your CV.
2021/2022 Negotiations Winners - Emily Counter and Phillipa Deemer with Runners Up Mollie Pellowe and Thomas Wilson
Skills you will develop :
"I am so glad i have participated in the Negotiations competition this year. It is very enjoyable and well organised. I have really developed as a person as i have developed my skills like communicating, thinking on my feet, teamwork, resilience and of course, negotiating the best deal for my client. I know that i will be able to talk about this competition and the skills i gained from it at interviews in the future. I was also impressed by the prize on offer, which was a week of work experience at a big local firm" - Jasmine-Tottel-Clarke, 2nd Year LLB Law Student
"The community created by the UPLS allowed me to develop my skill set and achieve my goals when entering the negotiation competition. I entered the competition in my first year with no prior experience negotiating and progressed through the rounds to the semi-final. When entering in my second year with the experience and understanding I obtained during the previous year, I further expanded on my skill set required to negotiate. I again reached the semi-final and chosen to represent the University at the CEDR External Competition alongside my partner India Ellis. Our success in the competition is a true testament to the Negotiation Officers and guest judges. They consistently provided us with in-depth feedback with both supportive comments and notes of constructive criticism. Alongside other commitments and lectures, the preparation can be hard work, however, Negotiations is one of the most rewarding competitions you can participate in. It has helped me with my confidence, organisation, and self-belief. The skills I have learned from competing will assist me in the future." - Daniel Parkinson, 3rd Year, LLB Law Student
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