Hammond Cup Final 2021 And the winner is...

Hammond Cup Final 2021 And the winner is...

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Written: 22nd Apr 2021

And so the final of the Hammond Cup commences...

For the last 54 years, the Hammond Cup has been a toughly fought advocacy competition for the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers to demonstrate their court skills in front of a highly qualified judging panel. 

As we approached lockdown in March 2020, the Hammond Cup competition was paused and sadly didn't see a final due to the pandemic.  However, determined to go forward this year and with the experience of Cloud Video Base trails in place in our courts, we knew there was a way to put the competition out there again for our competitive junior lawyers. 

The first round welcomed many entries for both civil and criminal cases.  These entries were judged by guest judges including Peter Joyce QC, Jane Jarman, Jane Ching and Joanne Baggely from NTU Law School and the finalists were announced.

The finalists this year...

Sara Fayaz

Gedling Borough Council

Tory Smith


Samantha Sargeant

Cartwright King

Sophie Price


The Judging Panel this year...

Mike Auty QC & Recorder 

No. 1 High Pavement Chambers

Patrick Limb QC

Ropewalk Chambers

John Lymbury

Past President of Nottinghamshire Law Society 2004-2005

& Co-founder of the Hammond Cup Competition.

The Actors...

There would be no trial without an accused and witness in the stand and this year, the acting skills were called upon from Lisa Hardy, Barrister from KCH Garden Square in character as 'Suzi Houseboat' and Jim Buckley, Solicitor from VHS Fletchers in character as 'Steven Toast'.  Both Lisa and Jim gave compelling performances in both court scene scenarios.

Lisa Hardy acting Suzi Houseboat Court Scene Jim Buckley acting as Steven Toast

The Trials...

Trial one saw Sara Fayaz acting as the Prosecution and Tory Smith in Defence and in the second trial we saw Sophie Price acting as the Prosecution and Samantha Sargeant in Defence.  Both trials were compelling with their arguments, presentation of evidence, questioning and fabulous displays of advocacy skills from both the prosecution and defence finalists.

Trial 1:  Sara Fayaz (Prosecution) & Tory Smith (Defence) with Judges Trial 2:  Sophie Price (Prosecution) & Samantha Sargeant (Defence) with Judges

The Judges retired to their online consultation room, where the remaining finalists and audience consisting of many supporters, first round judges and Vice President Janine Smith (Chief Crown Prosecutor) and Deputy Vice President, Stephen Luke (Instalaw), discussed the performances and history of the competition itself.

And the results are in....

The Judges returned to the Zoom Court Room to deliver their address and announce the winner of the 2021 Hammond Cup Competition.  Led by Mike Auty QC, the winners were announced in reverse order.

  • Fourth Prize
  • Sara Fayaz, from Gedling Borough Council
  • Prize Winnings: £50
  • Third Prize
  • Tory Smith from MJC Law
  • Prize Winnings: £100
  • Second Prize
  • Sophie Price from Rotheras
  • Prize Winnings: £150
  • First Prize
  • Samantha Sargeant from Cartwright King
  • Prize Winnings: £250 plus Hammond Cup Trophy
Samantha Sargeant receiving the winning handshake from President Philip Turton Samantha Sargeant receiving the Hammond Cup from President Philip Turton

The Judges with Hammond Cup 2021 Winner Samantha Sargeant & President Philip Turton The Judges with Hammond Cup 2021 finalists & President Philip Turton

We would like to say thank you to the Judges, Mike Auty QC & Recorder, Patrick Limb QC and John Lymbury for their time at the final, thank you to Lisa Hardy and Jim Buckley for not only putting the competition material together but for their oscar-winning roles, we are sure either an Oscar or Golden Globe is in the post and to Academic Secretary, Sarah Murray for putting the competition together on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division.  Also, a huge thanks to the finalists that displayed excellent advocacy skills in a compelling competition!

Finally, a special thank you to John Lymbury for his continued service to the Hammond Cup Competition.  Over 54 years ago, the conversation with John and the late Michael Hammond began, where an idea spurred from a pint in the pub to create an advocacy competition for Junior Lawyers was born.  Since then, John has been actively part of the competition acting as a Judge.  This year, was John's final year acting as a Judge and the Society would like to say thank you for the support shown and idea that has generated many advocacy trials among our junior lawyers and inscribed many names known in the Nottinghamshire legal profession on the splendid Hammond Cup trophy.

To be apart of the competition next year, watch this space....