UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL team wins Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot

6 March 2023

UCL Laws LLB students Timothy Koo and Nikhita Nair were named winners of the mooting competition, with each winning additional awards as Best Speaker.

Timothy Koo and Nikhita Nair

On Sunday 26 February, the finals of the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot were held online. Final year LLB students Timothy Koo and Nikhita Nair, coached by Lord Collins of Mapesbury, competed against 15 other university teams from around the world in the oral rounds and were named overall winners.

Adding to their victory, Timothy was awarded Best Speaker (Semi-Final Round) and Nikhita was awarded Best Speaker (Final Round). UCL was also named the Runner-Up in the Written Submission.

This year’s problem was a fictional case taking place in a hypothetical jurisdiction which adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-border Insolvency and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Enterprise Group Insolvency.

Timothy said: “It has been an amazing experience representing UCL in the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot. I have learnt a lot from the esteemed practitioners that I have had the opportunity to be judged by, as well as my fellow competitors, and this has without a doubt deepened my knowledge of international insolvency and commercial litigation. I am very grateful to UCL for giving my teammate Nikhita and I the opportunity to take part in this moot, and our coach, the Rt. Hon. Lord Collins of Mapesbury for his guidance and support throughout the competition. This win would not have been possible without the teamwork and strong camaraderie I have enjoyed with Nikhita, and I am delighted that we have delivered this win for UCL.” 

Nikhita commented: "Participating in this Moot was an enriching and exciting opportunity. Presenting on insolvency law was a dive in deep waters, and I’m glad that we succeeded. Thank you to UCL for allowing me the chance to participate and Lord Collins of Mapesbury for coaching us."

The Fletcher Moot encourages the best and brightest students around the globe to learn about international insolvency law and international commercial litigation. The competition is named after Professor Ian Fletcher, an eminent scholar who was internationally recognised for his outstanding achievements in the field of insolvency law. He joined UCL in 2001, and was Professor of International Commercial Law until he passed away in July 2018.