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Education: 22 February 2023

King’s Inns Team wins the National Negotiation Competition

King’s Inns Team wins the National Negotiation Competition

Pictured above L–R: Conor Duff BL (coach), students Stephen Wilson, Anne Doyle, Carla Fusciardi Wallace and Justin McAleese with Dr Eimear Brown BL, Dean of King’s Inns.

A team of two full–time degree of Barrister–at–Law students representing King’s Inns, Carla Fusciardi Wallace and Justin McAleese, have won this year’s national negotiation competition, which took place in the Law Society’s Education Centre at Blackhall Place, Dublin. Ten law–school teams participated in this year’s competition.

In addition to the team win in the competition, Carla Fusciardi Wallace was awarded the prize for best individual negotiator, which was presented by Sabine Walsh of the Mediator Academy.


Pictured above: Winners Carla Fusciardi Wallace and Justin McAleese with the National Negotiation Competition cup.

This competition requires participants to be able to work together as an effective team, in addition to excellent negotiation skills. Negotiations are carried out according to strict time limits, and early rounds are judged by teams of two judges, with a panel of three judges (chaired by the Hon Michael Peart, former Judge of the Court of Appeal) judging the final.

Thanks are due to John Lunney and the Law Society of Ireland for their seamless organisation of the national rounds this year.

Coached by Conor Duff BL, the King’s Inns team prevailed over an excellent team from the Law Society to win the final, where the parties were tasked with negotiating the employment package for an international museum director. 

Carla and Justin will now go on to represent Ireland (and King’s Inns) in the international rounds, which will take place in Rome, Italy, later this year. 

Well done also to Stephen Wilson and Anne Doyle, students on the full–time course, who also performed very well in the competition. 

To learn about the competitions that King’s Inns organises and participates in, visit our Mooting & Debating page >