UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws students excel in Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot

4 March 2024

The UCL Laws team faced fierce competition from teams across the world, and finished as semi-finalists in the oral rounds and runners-up in the written rounds of the mooting competition.

Georgina Withers-Boalch, Felix Williams, Saiba Ahuja, Victoria Lee

Between 17-25 February, law students representing universities around the world competed in the virtual 2024 Fletcher Moot. The UCL Laws team was represented by 3rd year LLB students Saiba Ahuja, Felix Williams, Georgina Withers-Boalch, and 2nd year LLB student Victoria Lee. 

Following the team’s strong performance in the written rounds, Saiba and Georgina were selected as oralists in the oral rounds. The UCL Laws team finished as semi-finalists in the oral rounds, placing them within the top 4 teams in the world. The team were also named as runners-up in the written rounds, placing them top 2 in the world. This excellent performance demonstrates their stellar legal expertise and advocacy skills, as well as their strong collaborative efforts.

Special thanks go to The Rt. Hon. Lord Collins of Mapesbury (Chair of Laws at UCL Laws) and Timothy Koo (UCL Laws LLB 2023 and LLM candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School), who coached the team and provided guidance throughout the competition.

Commenting on their participation, Saiba said: "It has been a fantastic experience representing UCL in the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot. I am extremely grateful to UCL for this opportunity, and it has undoubtedly enhanced my knowledge of commercial litigation and cross-border insolvency. Our success would not have been possible without the guidance and support provided by our coaches Timothy Koo and the Rt. Hon. Lord Collins of Mapesbury, but also the immense support and teamwork that I have enjoyed with Georgina, Felix and Victoria."
Georgina added: "Participating in this moot competition has been a truly enriching journey, allowing me to extensively explore the complexities of cross-border insolvency. I am immensely thankful for the exceptional collaboration demonstrated by our team throughout this process. Special appreciation goes to the Rt. Hon. Lord Collins of Mapesbury and Timothy Koo for their invaluable guidance and unwavering support." 

The Fletcher Moot invites law students around the world to apply their knowledge of international insolvency law and international commercial litigation through mooting. This year’s problem considers a range of international insolvency laws and raises various contentious issues to challenge students’ critical thinking and research skills.

The competition is named after Professor Ian Fletcher, an eminent academic who was renowned for his outstanding achievements in the field of insolvency law. He joined UCL Law in 2001, and was Professor of International Commercial Law until he passed away in July 2018.