Singaporean Legal Juniors Win ‘Titanic’ Competition In Belfast06.09.2012
Singaporean legal juniors, Eddy Hirono and Benjamin Moh were the jubilant winners of the prestigious International Negotiation Competition held in Belfast this weekend, seeing off law graduates from 16 other countries including Northern Ireland, USA, India and Australia.
Presenting the coveted prize, Chairman of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland Mark Mulholland QC, sponsors of the event said he was delighted that the competition had come to Belfast for the first time.
"In an increasingly global legal marketplace, this competition contributes tremendously to the promotion of legal negotiation. Too often we simply think of a barrister in a courtroom when the reality of practice demonstrates the vital importance and necessity of negotiation across all branches of law.
"An added advantage of this competition was to showcase the excellence of our legal system and the quality of the practitioners in Northern Ireland as a significant number of our barristers volunteered their time to act as judges in the competition. These students benefited greatly from the critique of experienced legal negotiators," he concluded.
Each round of the competition was themed around the Titanic. The first round concerned the appointment of a Director to a mythical new Titanic Survivors museum. The museum is being funded by a multimillion dollar gift from a descendent of someone who survived the disaster.
The second round involved the purchase by the museum, from a Jose Louis Ramos, of a one-reel silent movie called 'Saved from the Titanic' which was made just after the disaster and which starred a famous movie star who was on the Titanic when it sank.
The last round involved the purchase by the museum of White Star Line Titanic china, silverware and crystal stemware from Alaina Simpson, a great niece of one of the survivors from the Titanic.