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BCL Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Serious and general crime; business crime and regulation.


Ellen Peart is a partner at BCL and is recognised as a leading individual specialising in serious and complex criminal litigation in relation to matters including serious sexual offences, homicide, public order offences, assault, offences of dishonesty, firearms and internet-related crime. She is described by leading barristers and peers as a “no-nonsense and immensely dedicated” criminal defence specialist. She is praised for her “absolute professionalism, client care and choice of counsel,” and “Her tactical judgement, from police station interview to trial, is breathtaking.” She comes highly recommended for her expert representation of high-profile clients, particularly those facing serious sexual and violent offence charges.

Noted for specialist police station advice, as well as advising clients interviewed by other prosecution agencies and regulatory bodies, Ellen has an excellent track record in making written representations that matters should not proceed to charge and that no further action should be taken. Ellen has an interest in Court of Appeal matters when advising clients who seek a second opinion post-conviction and sentence. She has established a reputation for representing clients under investigation by a school, college or university including having successfully defended a Deaconal investigation following which the college were compelled to withdraw the allegations, issue an apology and pay the full costs of the accused student. Ellen is also an expert in advising broadcasters and television production companies as to pre and post-production advice; she also advises sports’ bodies as to criminal procedure.

She acts for former MP, Charlie Elphicke in relation to his appeal against conviction and sentence following convictions for sexual assault; she also acts for Crispin Odey in respect of an allegation of indecent assault.


Trained Bemrose and Ling; qualified 2002. BCL 2002; partner 2010.




The Law Society; London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association; the Howard League for Penal Reform; FPIPP, Women in Criminal Law; Fraud Lawyers Association.


Attended King Ecgbert School, Sheffield; University of Leeds (1998 Law with French, Joint Hons and Diplôme de Français Juridique); University of Sheffield (1999 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Ellen PeartBCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP offers high-profile and high-net worth clients advice on a range of criminal matters, with recent work including advising Kevin Spacey regarding allegations of sexual assault. The team is headed by the ‘exceptionalEllen Peart, who has recently seen an increase in her work defending FCA regulated individuals facing significant criminal charges. Other key team members include Mark Haslam, who is particularly adept at motoring cases, and David Hardstaff, who specialises in criminal litigation and is described as ‘very hard-working‘. Daniel Jackson is a key contact for sports and business professionals and was promoted to partner in October 2022 alongside Hardstaff. Associates Bethan Cowlam and Rishi Joshi are also key contacts.