Peter Makepeace > Chambers of John Elvidge QC > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of John Elvidge QC
Dere Street Barristers

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Peter has practised exclusively in criminal law since 1994 and has extensive experience of defending and prosecuting in all areas of serious crime. He was appointed QC in 2016. Peter has frequently acted as leading junior in multi-counsel cases. Areas of special experience include homicide and other serious violence, fraud, serious and large-scale drug conspiracies, sexual offences, the importation and distribution of medicines, and a growing expertise in computer-related law culminated in the first prosecution for fraud of a peer to peer, BitTorrent music file sharing site. Peter has developed a particular reputation in cases requiring sensitivity of approach either through the nature of the offence or the vulnerability of witnesses, victims or the accused, etc. He is acknowledged to have an exhaustive approach to case preparation and manages his diary to ensure serious cases are afforded the proper case management they require. Peter also accepts private instructions in the field of licensing and regulatory offences.


Called 1988; recorder (crime) 2009; QC 2016; approved pupil master 2002; Grade 4 Prosecutor, Fraud, Serious Organised Crime and Rape Panel.


Criminal Bar Association; North East Circuit.


University of Wales (Bachelor of Laws (Hons)).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Makepeace QCDere Street BarristersRecommended for serious drug-related cases.

At Dere Street Barristers, members prosecute and defend in a wide range of criminal cases. Recent highlights include John Elvidge QC‘s representation of a defendant financial consultant in a five-month multi-defendant SFO prosecution and Peter Makepeace QC securing an acquittal for a defendant in a joint enterprise murder case, in which several of the co-accused were convicted of murder or manslaughter.