Herbert Smith Freehills Deals


The Herbert Smith Freehills Deals competition aims to test the negotiation skills of the competitors in a dispute resolution. An outline of the fact scenario will be given to both parties along with a set of confidential facts (one for each client). The competition will be run in teams of two with both competitors acting as solicitors on behalf of their respective clients (who will not be present). After a deal is reached, the competition will be followed by a confidential, short reflection by each party as to why their deal was the most attractive for their client, and how their performance could have, if possible, been improved.

First-year students should note that our First Year Negotiation Competition will take place later this year as the perfect introduction to negotiation competitions.

Extensive preparation is not required. However, parties must know their facts well enough to be able to negotiate and compromise while also obtaining the best deal for their client.

The competition will run for roughly 35-40 minutes followed by a statement of up to 10 minutes by each party.

Business attire is essential. Competitors should avoid legal jargon.

Registration is now open, sign up here!

Important Dates
Registration Closes: 28th April midday
Heats: 2nd and 3rd May
Final: TBC