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 under the primary supervision of Dr Christopher Wood and is available to take instructions in criminal matters. During the course of his ‘first six’, Charlie has observed a wide range of hearings in the magistrates’ court, the crown court and the youth court. He has observed both prosecution and defence barristers. His first six has primarily involved the observation of RASSO trials, however Charlie has also had the opportunity to observe a number of interesting cases, including conspiracy to supply, inciting racial hatred and manslaughter.

Charlie has also been able to observe cases closer to his own level of experience, including road traffic offences, burglaries and private school non-attendance prosecutions. As a result of him observing advocacy in court, Charlie has been appointed as a Grade 1 prosecutor by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Charlie has also undertaken marshalling at South Tyneside Magistrates Court. This allowed Charlie to gain a unique perspective from behind the Bench. Charlie was able to get an insight into the thought process of a trial judge during recesses, which he believes has improved his own advocacy significantly. This marshalling also helped Charlie to become more familiar with the criminal court procedure and process.

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 witness handling module, ‘Criminal 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 a moot hosted by New Delhi University that concerned international extradition law.

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