Charlie Thompson

Year of call:

2023 (Pupil)

Education:

2023 - 2023 Northumbria University LLM (Hons) First Class Honours

2023 - Northumbria University Bar Vocational Training Distinction

Career:

2023 - Paralgeal, Northern Gas and Power (Commercial, Contract, Employment, Energy Contract Brokering

2023 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers, Middlesbrough

2023 - Grade 1 Prosecutor

Memberships:

2023 - Member of Society of Mediators

2021 - Member of Honourable Society of Gray's Inn

Awards:

2022 - Northumbria University Contribution Roll, Newcastle upon Tyne

2022 - Finalist, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s Negotiation Competition, London

2023 - Winner, MediateGuru’s International Maritime Arbitration Moot, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2023 - Northumbria University Contribution Roll, Newcastle upon Tyne

Charlie has now successfully completed the non-practising period of his pupillage and is available to take instructions in civil matters. During the course of his ‘first six’, Charlie has observed a number of hearings in the county court. The cases which he observed were focused on property disputes. Some of these concerned disputes between landlord and tenant over non-payment of rent, and others concerned disputes between neighbours regarding the extension of a property. Charlie was also required to write opinions and summarise legal research under the supervision of a civil barrister in order to properly advise clients.

Prior to beginning his pupillage, Charlie worked as a paralegal at one of the UK’s largest energy brokerage firms. His work generally consisted of defending claims in the pre-action stage, as well as assisting with bundling, instructions to counsel and drafting. As a result of his work as a paralegal, Charlie has significantly improved his knowledge of commercial contracts. Working alongside a team of solicitors allowed Charlie to gain a deeper insight into the fundamentals of litigation, as well as gain knowledge in an unregulated and ever-expanding area of law. Charlie believes that this will assist him greatly once he begins his commercial practice.

Charlie has recently graduated with a first-class Masters in Law at Northumbria University. During the course of his degree, he also completed his Bar Vocational Training, achieving a grade of ‘Outstanding’. Notably, he excelled in his opinion writing module, ‘Civil Professional Practice’. He investigated the topic of international environmental space law for his Legal Research Dissertation. Beyond his academic achievements, Charlie has participated in numerous international moots, most notably winning a moot hosted by the University of Sarajevo that concerned international maritime arbitration. In addition, Charlie also placed as a finalist in a commercial negotiation competition hosted by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London.

Charlie has recently undertaken a mediation accreditation course with the Society of Mediators which he eventually hopes to utilise in his commercial practice.

Outside of work, Charlie enjoys cinema, rock-climbing and basketball.