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Dere Street Barristers

Chambers of John Elvidge QC

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Newcastle upon Tyne, York
Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC), Stephen Twist, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND

Stephen Twist

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Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC)


Stephen Twist has been in practice as a barrister since 1979, in London, York and Newcastle upon Tyne. He has undertaken high-profile fraud cases at the Central Criminal Court, and has assisted the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (1982), the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the National Computing Centre on computer fraud and security. He now divides his time between litigation in several specialist fields, including all aspects of family law, and particularly on the interface between public authorities and claimants, statutory regulation, and working as arbitrator and mediator. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an accredited commercial mediator with CEDR, a panel mediator with CIArb and formerly Mediation UK, and a member of the Dispute Resolution Group at Dere Street Chambers. For the General Council of the Bar he piloted the first two BarDIRECT schemes, giving direct access for the legal services of the Bar to corporate and institutional clients. He is a former member of the Bar Council Public Access Committee. Stephen has practised as a barrister from York Chambers, twin centre chambers in York and Newcastle since 1988. Stephen is listed in Debrett’s People of Today 2011 and distinction listing in Professional area: Barrister: litigation, arbitration and mediation. Practice area: administrative law, professional regulation, employment, family. Services: legal advice, services as independent arbitrator and mediator, representation in the English courts. Specialist areas of practice: arbitration, mediation and ADR practice.


Called 1979. Details General Council of the Bar and Home Office presentation paper ‘ADR Management and Resolution of Complaints in relation to Police Misconduct’ 1999, and ‘A Guide to Panels under the Police (Conduct) Regulations’, 2004. BBC and Channel 4 on deafness issues and the law.


University of Liverpool (LLB (Hons)); Inns of Court School of Law (Barrister); FCIArb; Registered Mediator CEDR; CIArb; MedUK.


Stephen is interested in early music, dance and environmental conservation.

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