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Chambers of Mark Ellison QC

1-2 LAURENCE POUNTNEY HILL, LONDON, EC4R 0EU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7933 8855
Fax:
Fax 020 7929 3732
DX:
858 LONDON CITY
Email:
Web:
www.qebholliswhiteman.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

QEB Hollis Whiteman is β€˜the go-to set for the full range of criminal practice, both prosecution and defence’, where β€˜members can cover all types of work from fraud, corruption and regulatory cases to general crime’. β€˜A squad with great depth’, there are β€˜fantastic barristers at all levels’ and some say that β€˜chambers has gone from strength to strength since setting up in the City in 2011’. It also has β€˜the best clerks’ room among all the criminal sets in London’, comprising β€˜friendly, efficient and dedicated individuals, who know the needs of their clients and members’. Senior clerk Chris Emmings is β€˜smart in every way, and very committed to hard work and a good service’, and one solicitors says, β€˜I see him as one of the main reasons why chambers has taken off as well as it has in recent years’. First junior Faye Patis β€˜stands out as a driven, business-minded clerk, who is an invaluable asset to the set’; working closely with Emmings, they make β€˜a formidable and entirely reliable duo’. Second junior clerk David O’Sullivan is also β€˜excellent at client care and widely held in very high regard’. Alastair Rhodes is the chambers director. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

β€˜A top-flight set from the quality of its senior silks to its diligent pupils’, QEB Hollis Whiteman’s members handle work ranging from corruption and interest rate rigging through to sanctions. Mark Ellison QC prosecuted in the Operation Tabernula case – two defendants were convicted and received sentences totalling eight years.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜In a league of his own when it comes to advocacy – he is capable of winning the seemingly unwinnable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Ellison QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He has a brilliant ability to master very complex cases and transform them into clear issues before the court.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜His skill and commitment to cases gets results.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Spens QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜The extent to which he has every detail while seeing the wider picture is quite extraordinary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Finnigan QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A really effective advocate, who fights with utter charm and grace.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Outstanding in his cross-examination, grasp of the issues and presentation to the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Zoe Johnson QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Her prosecution practice includes work for the Financial Conduct Authority.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2016 silks

Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Instructed in international corruption cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A go-to junior in financial crime, whose clarity of thought and analysis stand out.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Excellent in cases where the financial and the regulatory cross over.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rachna Gokani - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Intelligent, diligent and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜An excellent strategist with ceaseless energy to pursue cases to the best possible outcome.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A solid and resourceful counsel, who works very hard for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Solicitors rate him for criminal data protection, corruption and insider dealing matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Broomfield - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Instructed in insider dealing cases by the FCA.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Doble - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A very bright and hardworking junior, who makes invaluable contributions.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

QEB Hollis Whiteman

β€˜Undoubtedly one of the elite group of top criminal sets’, QEB Hollis Whiteman’s members prosecute and defend, with a strong portfolio of serious private defence work (including sexual offence matters) and some private prosecutions. Eleanor Laws QC represented a Cirencester College student, who was acquitted of rape in a high-profile trial; unusually, private costs were awarded to the defence. Edward Brown QC successfully prosecuted the parents of Ellie Butler for murder; her father had an earlier conviction for assaulting her quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

David Spens QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He is a heavyweight when it comes to serious crime.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Laws QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜No doubt one of the best prosecutors and defenders in sexual cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Crispin Aylett QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜An utterly charming advocate, who makes meticulous and complex cross-examination look easy.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Jeremy QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He is like a dog with a bone – when he has a point, he won’t let it go and will fight it through to the end.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Brown QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A charming, understated and highly experienced prosecutor, whose skills are a deadly combination.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He is a reassuring presence in any case – no matter the issue being addressed, he maintains his calm.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He often stands out as the best advocate in the room – the one the jury listens to.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zoe Johnson QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜She has a fine intellect and a capacity for hard work, as well as very effective forensic skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Finnigan QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He can roll with the punches without losing his cool.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2016 silks

Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He will always stand his ground.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Corsellis - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜His work includes high-profile robbery cases and drug conspiracies.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Stott - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He strikes a perfect balance between his obvious academic smarts and his approachable manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benn Maguire - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He has enormous charm in court – juries adore him.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Henry - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜When instructed, he really makes a difference to a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fallon Alexis - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Highly skilled beyond her years of call.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Evans - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He prosecutes heavyweight cases as Treasury Counsel.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜She is brilliant at client relations and can handle the most complex cases by herself.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Wakerley - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜His practice spans violent crime, appeals and drug importation cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip McGhee - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A great strategist, who is calm and reassuring with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He is extremely thorough and immediately understands the brief.’

Ranked: tier 3

Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜She has excellent and very patient client care skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading juniors

Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A good barrister with a civil/criminal crossover practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

QEB Hollis Whiteman

QEB Hollis Whiteman’s members cover a range of work, including the most heavyweight tax fraud disputes. For example, Sean Larkin QC is representing a C-suite executive of a company said to be involved in a large tax fraud as part of the Operation Amazon case.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He shows utmost professionalism, patience and client care, and his advice is always spot-on.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A superb tactician and compelling advocate, who has a great intellect and forensic insight.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Ellison QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He is a very experienced prosecutor and brings that to bear brilliantly when defending.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Among the leading criminal silks in London; he is intellectually very strong and clients trust him implicitly.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Spens QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜His grasp of the evidence and painstaking attention to detail is really impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – 2016 silks

Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He has significant style, robustness and confidence about his advice and advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He is excellent in conference and is able to guide clients through complex legal arguments.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜An excellent lawyer – nothing is too much trouble for him, he has superb judgement and writes compelling skeleton arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Without hesitation, she is one of the standout fraud juniors at the moment.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachna Gokani - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜She is unshakably tenacious, fighting to the very last drop of blood for her client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Selva Ramasamy - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Highly experienced with great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Polly Dyer - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A very good up-and-coming barrister, who is concise, articulate and shows great promise.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A wonderful advocate, and well on his way to becoming a top junior in commercial crime.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Adept at assessing the mood of the court, exceptionally bright and appealing to demanding clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Ari Alibhai - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Unrivalled technical knowledge of the issues combined with great commercial awareness.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Groome - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He has great breadth of knowledge and expertise in IP fraud.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜He works well in a team, and is thoughtful and incisive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Once instructed, she is unwavering in her commitment to the case.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

QEB Hollis Whiteman is β€˜a very solid set in the area’, with a key strength in medical regulation and a particularly strong portfolio of presentation-side work for regulators. Tom Kark QC was instructed by the GMC to prosecute surgeon Ian Paterson, who was criminally convicted of performing needless mastectomies; he was initially sentenced to 15 years imprisonment but the term was increased to 20 years in August 2017.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Tom Kark QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜An authoritative and commanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Zoe Johnson QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜She is a class act, combining tremendous intellect with equal amounts of charm.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜An impressive barrister, who always provides high-quality level-headed advice with a clear strategy.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Lydia Barnfather - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A brilliant adviser and trial advocate, who manages her cases with minimum fuss.’

Ranked: tier 1

Selva Ramasamy - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜An exceptionally thorough barrister, who gets to the bottom of the facts of every case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexandra Felix - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜A first-class barrister with a sharp mind, who knows extremely complicated cases inside-out.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Responsive and a joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Harris - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Charming and good-humoured, as well as a clever and pragmatic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Very bright, hardworking with excellent attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip McGhee - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

QEB Hollis Whiteman is β€˜the go-to set for the full range of criminal practice, both prosecution and defence’, where β€˜members can cover all types of work from fraud, corruption and regulatory cases to general crime’. β€˜A squad with great depth’, there are β€˜fantastic barristers at all levels’ and some say that β€˜chambers has gone from strength to strength since setting up in the City in 2011’. It also has β€˜the best clerks’ room among all the criminal sets in London’, comprising β€˜friendly, efficient and dedicated individuals, who know the needs of their clients and members’. Senior clerk Chris Emmings is β€˜smart in every way, and very committed to hard work and a good service’, and one solicitors says, β€˜I see him as one of the main reasons why chambers has taken off as well as it has in recent years’. First junior Faye Patis β€˜stands out as a driven, business-minded clerk, who is an invaluable asset to the set’; working closely with Emmings, they make β€˜a formidable and entirely reliable duo’. Second junior clerk David O’Sullivan is also β€˜excellent at client care and widely held in very high regard’. Alastair Rhodes is the chambers director. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – 2016 silks

Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Blunt when he needs to be; he will always stand his ground.’

Ranked: tier 1

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