Diana Ellis > Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC
25 Bedford Row

Living Wage


Hugely  experienced and committed criminal defence barrister with a substantial criminal domestic practice  and an international humanitarian law practice. Specialises in the most serious criminal offences: murder, armed robbery, sexual abuse, fraud, slavery and extradition. Extensive experience in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law and during the last 20 years has worked in a number of international courts and has led defence teams in cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes cases.

Extradition and international mutual legal assistance, representing individuals. She regularly works with lawyers outside the UK on national and international criminal cases assisting with strategy and legal challenges. Recent notable case include Emmanuelle Nteziryayo & Ors, acting for oneof four Rwandans whose extradition had been sought on a charge of genocide.  

Domestic experience includes handling serious criminal cases at both trial & appellate level including fraud and conspiracy, homicide offences, organised crime including drug trafficking and armed robbery, sexual offences and the most serious child abuse cases.  Diana Ellis is praised for her sensitivity and expert handling of vulnerable witnesses.


Called 1978, Silk 2001 Appointed Recorder of the Crown Court 1998.


French (working knowledge).


  • UN Appointed Counsel for ICTR.
  • Authorised counsel for International Criminal Court.
  • Member of the Cambodian Bar May (2008)
  • Admitted as counsel to the Kosovo Specialist Chamber
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • European Criminal Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Liberty
  • Bar Pro-Bono Unit
  • Kurdish Human Rights Project


London University (LLB Hons); London School of Economics (Dip Soc Admin).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Diana Ellis QC25 Bedford RowTenacious and has vast knowledge on international criminal law.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Diana Ellis QC25 Bedford RowExtremely thorough and incredibly persistent.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Diana Ellis QC25 Bedford RowA highly impressive silk.