Chester solicitor Justine Watkinson, from law firm Hillyer McKeown, has been chosen to sit as a judge on a panel for the regional heats of an exciting contest.

The Negotiation Competition, an annual event made up of four regional competitions, is being hosted by The University of Law.

The event, which will be held at The University of Law in Chester on Saturday, February 8, gives law students the opportunities to test their negotiation skills.

It will see students compete in teams of two, includes participants from universities and law schools across the region including amongst others, Manchester, Liverpool and Staffordshire along with the University of Law, Chester.

In the regional competition, each team will negotiate two scenarios which will be judged by the panel and a score given.

By the end of the afternoon the organisers will co-ordinate results to determine first, second and third place winners.

Speaking about her role as judge, Justine Watkinson, partner at Hillyer McKeown, said: “I’m really looking forward to being involved in this competition.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the University of Law and are involved with many initiatives to assist and develop the students wider skills.

“Negotiation skills are key to all aspects of legal services. As a firm we have an in-depth and varied experience of negotiating on behalf of our clients.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the students demonstrate their ability to negotiate.”