CORRS Chambers Westgarth and Supreme Court of Victoria’s Justice Geoffrey Eames mightn’t see eye-to-eye on the British American Tobacco (BAT) document shredding saga, but that didnot stand in the way of His Honour giving them the thumbs up in this year’s Hanover Mooting contest.
Eames leapt to fame in April last year after determining BAT — advised by Clayton Utz — had perverted the course of justice by destroying potentially harmful documents. Shortly after the stunning findings, CU ceased acting for BAT, whose brief was subsequently picked up by Corrs.
Months later Corrs successfully argued that Eames’ findings should be overturned by the Court of Appeal and are preparing to defend that decision before the High Court.
Last month four young Corrs representatives came face-to-face with Eames, who was part of a three-member judging panel for the final of the annual Victoria-wide moot.
And Timana Hattam, Joel Masterson, Justin Hooper and John Corbett didn’t disappoint, taking out the prize over rivals TAC Law and giving their more senior workmates heart for the tough courtroom stoushes that lie ahead.
“The legal services market is highly competitive and Corrs recognises that it must provide a stimulating a challenging work environment in order to attract talented practitioners,” said litigation partner Jonathan Kramersh, who joined the firm earlier this year.
Conducted over the past three months, this year’s contest raised a record $36,000 for the homeless.