Skills Triathlon 2018


The Skills Triathlon continues to be one of Derby & District Law Society’s most successful events.

Held in association with Derby Law School at the University of Derby, entrants will be competing for the Jubilee Award and cash prizes.

Where and when?

The event is to be held on Wednesday, 21st March 2018 at Derby Law School at One Friar Gate Square in Derby (‘OFGS’).

What does it involve?

Successful applicants will be partnered with a law student from the University’s Law School to form a team which will take part in a 1 day test of 3 key legal skills.  The team must conduct a client interview, make a court application and participate in a negotiation meeting based on materials provided on the day.  In respect of the Advocacy, details of the relevant law will be provided. 

Lateral thinking, commercial awareness and skills performance take priority over knowledge of law. A panel of local practitioners and law lecturers will judge the event. 

Monetary prizes will be awarded for:

Best Team Overall 1st -   £350

2nd -  £250

3rd - £200 (£100 each)

Outstanding Individual Advocate - £150

Outstanding Individual Interviewer - £150

Outstanding Individual Negotiator - £150

All participants will receive a Book Token to the value of £15.

There will an Awards Ceremony, also at the Law School, immediately after the event from c.5.00 pm, followed by Judges’ Question Time, an annual event where a panel of our local judges answer your questions.

The day will end with D&DLS’s Reception for Newly-Qualifieds and Trainee Solicitors with drinks and nibbles, to which all firms entering a team and any other interested parties are invited. 

Why should I take part?

The Legal Practice Course is often criticised by trainees and Training Principals alike for not teaching sufficient negotiation and advocacy skills, and the opportunities for cutting one’s teeth in court are now more limited.  For junior lawyers, these are essential skills for whichever legal discipline you choose. The Triathlon offers a unique and exciting opportunity to practice and hone these key legal skills in a realistic and competitive setting. Your participation will improve your confidence, value to your firm, career development, promote your firm -  and you have the chance to win up to £325. Partners and Training Principals – encourage your junior lawyers to enter. 

This is an invaluable chance to improve their abilities and confidence thereby increasing their value and profitability to you… and it’s free.

This event, now in its 11th year, has received high praise from all quarters including the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  All past entrants have said how enjoyable and rewarding an experience it was – and several past student participants have obtained offers of employment; 2 past winners now sit on the Society’s Committee!   

Who can enter?

Trainee solicitors, and newly qualified solicitors with up to 12 months’ PQE.

Paralegals/legal clerks and legal executives with up to 2 years’ practical experience.

How do I apply?

Complete the accompanying application form and send it to Sue Jennings at Ethel Villa, Trent Lane, Weston on Trent, Derby DE72 2BT or alternatively scan and send your completed form to

There are only 8 places for junior lawyers so submit your applications as soon as possible. 

The deadline is 8 March 2018.   

Successful applicants will be notified by email by no later than 12 March 2018.