Schools Legal Debate

‘This House would abolish the doctrine of Joint Enterprise’

This is the motion for this year's Gepp Solicitors Schools Legal Debate 2016, which will be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford from 6:30pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016.

The event is open to local sixth form and college students, offering them a fun and educational insight into the legal system, as well as giving them the opportunity to put their mooting skills to the test. Last year’s legal debate was a resounding success, and proved an exciting and rewarding experience for all the students involved.

This year’s event involves 8 teams, with the debate being judged by prominent members of our community.

The following schools will be participating:

  1. Anglo European School
  2. Brentwood School
  3. Chelmsford County High School for Girls
  4. Felsted School
  5. Great Baddow High School
  6. King Edward VI Grammar School
  7. New Hall School
  8. Ormiston Rivers Academy

What is 'Joint Enterprise'?

Joint Enterprise, also known as Common Purpose, is a legal doctrine that imputes criminal liability to the participants in a criminal enterprise for all that results from that enterprise. With a series of controversial cases stretching from R v Osborne and Swindall in 1846, the doctrine came under scrutiny earlier this year following a joint ruling of the Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in R v Jogee. It has been argued that this recent case shows that the law on Joint Enterprise took a 'wrong turn' three decades ago.

If you would like more information on this event, or details on how to obtain free tickets, please email

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Schools Pack 2016