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Ellen Peart

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BCL Solicitors LLP

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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 as a ‘secret weapon’ who ‘inspires total confidence from her clients’ and as a ‘phenomenal team player.’ She comes highly recommended for her expert representation of high-profile clients, particularly those facing serious sexual and violent offence charges. Clients report that ‘she is particularly good at advising on sensitive matters, which involve a more human touch’.
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 recently 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 recently acted for Boris Johnson MP in relation to the attempted private prosecution for misconduct in public office; the Magistrates’ Court’s decision to issue summonses against Mr Johnson MP being quashed at the High Court after a judicial review. She currently acts for Charlie Elphicke MP in relation to allegations of sexual assault.


Trained Bemrose and Ling; qualified 2002. BCL 2002; partner 2010.
Publicantions of note: Contributing writer to 'The Police Station Adviser's Index' (Sweet and Maxwell, 4th ed).




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


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

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Ellen Peart - BCL Solicitors LLP

Within: Crime: general

BCL Solicitors LLP provides advice to professionals and high-profile clients, drawn from a range of industries, on a range of matters, including murder, manslaughter, motoring offences, historic sexual offences, and grievous bodily harm. Paul Morris heads the team, supported by Rachel Hubbard, Ellen Peart and Mark Haslam.

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