The School: Southgate Primary School

The students taking part today were Year 3 and Year 5. Year 3 have been developing their enterprise skills through the Food Glorious Food project back at school which will see them selling their own recipe books, while Year 5 have been on a quest to set up a school newspaper as part of the Making News project.

The Business: McMillan Williams Solicitors, London

McMillan Williams Solicitors is one of the largest solicitor firms in the south of England. Established for almost 30 years with branches in London, Croydon, the South East and South West of England, McMillan Williams undertake a broad range of work including Conveyancing, Probate and Professional Negligence, Clinical Negligence, Family Law, Actions Against the Police and Criminal Law.

The Challenge: Tricky Trials

The Tricky Trials Challenge would see Southgate students take on the role of solicitors and barristers in the trials of Queen Elsa from Frozen and Woodcutter Will from Red Riding Hood. With help from McMillan Williams volunteers teams took on the role of either defence or prosecution and began analysing the case files to choose the most relevant witnesses and evidence. Elsa was accused to criminal damage while Woodcutter Will was accused of attempted murder. Each case required teams to listen and read the case files carefully, share ideas for the best arguments and prepare their speech for the trial.

The Results:

Students dived into the challenge and impressed volunteers and teachers alike with their teamwork skills. Having shared ideas on the best arguments and chosen 2 pieces of evidence and 1 witness to question it was time for the trial. The Southgate Solicitors team succeeded in their prosecution of Queen Elsa thanks to a brilliantly delivered presentation to the Jury. The Problem Solvers made it a double win for the prosecution with their excellent analysis and presentation in the case of Woodcutter Will.

While it turned out to be a difficult day for the defence teams: Solicitors Society and The National British Team, they did receive great feedback for their use of alternative explanations for the crimes and confident presenting.

What they said:

  • “It’s been fantastic to see the students working so hard on their cases, you’ve made us really proud of you and proud to represent Southgate Primary” – Teacher, Southgate Primary School
  • “It was surprising how switched on the students were! My team were very collaborative and respectful and I enjoyed it even more than I expected” – Volunteer, McMillan Williams
  • “The best bit of the day was going on tour and meeting one of the founders! The quiz was the hardest part and I learned about different jobs in Law.” – Student, Southgate Primary School

Thanks to McMillan Williams for such a great trip day, and to Southgate Primary for coming along.

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