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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), Sophie Buckley, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND

Sophie Buckley

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

Position

Sophie specialises in employment and discrimination. She is currently not practising, but sits as a fee paid employment judge in Leeds. She has represented claimants and respondents in a wide variety of cases in all areas of employment and discrimination at tribunal and EAT level. She was a tenant at 9 St John Street Chambers, Manchester until 2001, and from 2001-05 combined practise at York chambers with lecturing in employment law at Northumbria University. From 2005-10 she worked in a solicitor’s role as a principal legal officer at the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and as a senior enforcement lawyer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). At both commissions she advised on or conducted a number of notable cases, including the EOC’s judicial review of the implementation of the Equal Treatment Amendment Directive which resulted in significant amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. She conducted the only proceedings taken by the EOC under s71 SDA (application for an injunction in cases of persistent discrimination) (settled). She also worked on the EOC and EHRC’s suspended formal investigations into sexual harassment in the armed forces and the prison service and assisted with writing and editing the EOC’s legal adviser’s website.

Career

Called 1999. Fee Paid Employment Judge (2009).

Education

BA Hons (Cantab) Law with European option 2(1)); Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent); Middle Temple (1999 Queen Mother Scholarship; Harmsworth Scholarship).

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