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:

Paralegal, Northern Gas and Power (Commercial, Contract, Employment, Energy Contract Brokering)

2023 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers, Middlesbrough

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

Prior to beginning his pupillage, Charlie worked as a paralegal at one of the UK’s largest energy brokerage firms. Alongside the bulk of his commercial work, Charlie also assisted in the company’s various employment matters. His work was often a mix of both defending the company from incoming claims and assisting in tribunal claims. As a result, Charlie has become increasingly comfortable with the law surrounding discrimination and restrictive covenants. Charlie believes that this will assist him greatly once he begins his employment practice.

Charlie has also undertaken mini-pupillages and placements in this sector at chambers and firms across the North East. This has allowed him to gain some experience in the employment sector from both a claimant and respondent perspective. In addition, it has allowed him to see the full process of an employment claim, from the first meeting with a solicitor, up to a trial in the Employment Tribunal.

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

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