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Dere Street Barristers

Chambers of John Elvidge QC

33 BROAD CHARE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DQ, ENGLAND
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Work 0844 3351 551
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Fax 0191 261 0043
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www.derestreet.co.uk
Newcastle upon Tyne, York
Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC), Stuart Rook, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND

Stuart Rook

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Work 0844 335 1551
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Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC)

Position

Stuart has been in practice at the Bar in Newcastle for over five years, having been offered pupillage in 2005 and then called in 2006. In that time he has developed a strong family law practice – that includes frequent multiple day public law and care work representing local authorities, children’s guardians and family members – which comprises the vast majority of his work, although he maintains small criminal and civil law practices. He has a considered and measured manner in conference, negotiation and court which frequently proves very popular with clients, especially within sensitive family law proceedings. He has experience undertaking high-profile work representing high profile clients, including conduct of Crown Court matters for an extremely well-known Premier League footballer, as well as securing two of only eight ‘post 3am’ drinking licences in the whole of the North of England for a high-profile leisure company. Family law practice: the vast majority of Stuart’s practice comprises public and private family law work. He has a wide range of public law experience in both the county court and the family proceedings court. This includes care work in multiple-day contested matters for the local authority and guardian, as well as parents, interveners and other family members. He also has a wide experience in private law, many involving lengthy contested hearings in contact and residence matters, Re: L hearings, as well as contested applications for injunctions (non-molestation/occupation orders and specific issue injunctions (including change of name)) as well as applications for committal. He also has experience drafting for and conducting various appeal hearings in higher courts on such matters. Crime and civil law practices: Stuart has experience dealing with high-profile clients in high profile hearings (such as conducting criminal Crown Court hearings for an extremely well-known Premiership footballer). He has enjoyed success in his burgeoning licensing practice. He accepts both defence and prosecution briefs in the Crown and Magistrates Court. He has experience of defence work in the Crown Court including organised fraud and assault matters has worked over 150 days prosecuting cases for the CPS (full days lists), Probation Services, HMRC and G4S as an agent. Stuart has a wide experience of civil law hearings – particularly small claims and fast track hearings (including credit hire matters). He has also had conduct of various fast track cases, inquests, infant approvals, bankruptcy hearings and bank charges matters, as well as drafting opinions on a range of civil law matters, including insolvency and personal injury issues. Criminal defence: Stuart has a wide experience of Criminal Law in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court. He has conducted defence work in the Crown Court including organised fraud and assault matters, as well as numerous multiple day hearings in the Magistrates Court on issues as wide ranging as serious assaults, large-scale theft, carrying offensive weapons, licensing violations and various driving offences. Criminal prosecution: Stuart has worked over 150 days prosecuting cases for the CPS, Probation Services, HMRC and G4S as an agent and this experience has given him a good working knowledge of their procedure and a balanced view of criminal proceedings generally, helping to represent in the most effective way the interests of whichever client he is instructed by on any given case. Civil law: Stuart has a wide experience of civil law hearings – particularly small claims and fast track hearings including credit hire matters – having undertaken many hearings for both claimant and defendant parties. He is familiar with the specific case law from the high courts regarding impecuniosity, spot hire rates and consumer credit arguments. He also has wide experience of Road Traffic Accident cases and claims for non payment by small businesses at both small claim and fast track hearings. Stuart has also had conduct of various fast track cases, inquests, infant approvals, bankruptcy hearings and bank charges matters, as well as drafting opinions on a range of civil law matters, including insolvency and personal injury issues.

Career

Called 2006; Grays Inn.

Education

Nottingham University (2004 BA Politics); Nottingham Law School (2005 GDL); Nottingham Bar School (2006 BVC).

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