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Dere Street Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Dere Street Chambers
Head of AETO:
John Elvidge QC
Address of AETO:
Dere Street Barristers
33 Broad Chare
Newcastle upon Tyne
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Civil; Employment; Family; Crime; Regulatory
Specialist services:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Public Access Work; Mediation; Arbitration
North eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Dere Street Barristers are advertising for at least 1 common-law pupillage to commence Autumn 2023.

We are looking for candidates with:
• intellectual ability;
• an analytical mind;
• the ability to express ideas clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
• the ability to think under pressure
• an absolute commitment to hard work; •an organised approach to work;
• good interpersonal skills.
Successful candidates must demonstrate:
• a strong academic record.
• commitment to a career at the Bar, and a commitment to practising at Dere Street Barristers;
• demonstration of advocacy skills.
• demonstration of motivation, initiative and application. A successful candidate will demonstrate good judgement, resilience, motivation and have a well rounded personality.

Dere Street Barristers offers an award of £12,500 per Pupil for the first six months and guarantees receipts of £12,500 in the second six months. This guarantee operates on a month by month basis, so that in any single month where gross receipts are less than £2,083.34 the balance is made up by Chambers. There is no “clawback” if receipts in other months exceed £2,083.34.

Dere Street Barristers will pay the costs of attending compulsory courses as required by the BSB and those additional coursesthat Chambers wishes the Pupils to attend. Off-circuit expenses will in any event be reimbursed by Chambers upon production of the relevant receipt.

There is an expectation that pupils will spend time at both the Newcastle and York premises of Dere Street Barristers and so travel must be taken into account.

Dere Street has a high retention rate of tenants with many successfully applying to the bench for full and part-time positions.

Dere Street is committed to increasing diversity amongst its members and staff. Chambers is more socially diverse than the Bar, as a whole, is commonly perceived, regrettably ethnic minority groups remain underrepresented within Dere Street just as they are within the wider profession.

This is something Dere Street is committed to addressing via the current development of a number of initiatives and also by engagement with similar projects across the North Eastern Circuit and in the profession as a whole.

Chambers wants to attract applicants for pupillage, tenancy and staffing roles from as wide a cross-section of society as possible and encourages applications from all backgrounds and ethnicities.
How to apply
Submissions are to be made via Dere Street Barristers website at between 11am on 5.1.22 and 2pm on 9.2.22. Any applications submitted outside of this time will not be considered.