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Chambers of John Elvidge QC
Dere Street Barristers

Work Department



John Elvidge QC prosecutes and defends cases of the utmost gravity.


  • Multiple deaths;
  • Causation issues (legal, factual and medical);
  • Joint enterprise / secondary liability;
  • Killing by/of children and young people;
  • Diminished Responsibility and Loss of Control;
  • Gross negligence manslaughter.

Organised crime:

  • Fraud against financial institutions and insurance companies;
  • Controlled drugs and medicines:
  • Money laundering;
  • Sexual offences against children;
  • Blackmail and kidnapping;
  • Applications for trial by judge alone, by protected jury and for witness anonymity orders.

Serious sexual offences:

  • Sexual exploitation and human trafficking;
  • Complaints against professionals;
  • Familial abuse;
  • Delayed complaints.

Regulatory work:

  • Professional and police disciplinary hearings;
  • Licensing.


Called 1988; QC 2010; head of York Chambers 2011; head of Dere Street Barristers 2011 to date; Leader of the North Eastern Circuit 2014.


King Edward VII School, Sheffield; University of Newcastle upon Tyne; Inns of Court School of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime

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John Elvidge QC

Dere Street Barristers

An excellent leader with a cool head.

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.