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Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Eleanor Laws QC defends in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses, in particular serious violence (including murder) and serious sexual offences. Notable cases include highly publicized sex trafficking cases. These include the Oxford sex trafficking case, acting as Specialist Advisory Counsel in the Jersey Child Abuse cases, cases arising out of the recent North Wales Children’s Homes lnquiry, cases involving historic allegations, abuse by professionals and in numerous other high profile sex cases. She regularly trains the profession. She is an External Advocacy Trainer for CPS Grades 2-4, and recently assisted in compiling a training programme for the treatment of vulnerable witnesses as part of the launch of the Advocate’s Gateway. She is part of HHJ Rook QC’s Working Group whose task is to develop advocacy training for cases involving sex offences and vulnerable witnesses and defendants. She has lectured to the Criminal Bar Association and members of the South East Circuit on False memory, Advocacy in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, and Disclosure in criminal cases. Appointed by COIC to Chair the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal Hearings; Elected Committee Member (Criminal Bar Association).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Eleanor Laws KC – QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Eleanor is at the top of the tree when it comes to sexual offences work. She is a warrior and takes no prisoners. On her feet she is excellent – persuasive, calm, picks up on aspects of the evidence and uses this skillfully in cross-examination. Her closing speeches are excellent.’ 

QEB Hollis Whiteman is widely regarded as one of the leading crime sets in London, regularly involved in heavyweight cases. Edward Brown KC was recently instructed for the prosecution in a case concerning three police officers charged with distributing grossly offensive messages to other officers in a WhatsApp group, one of whose members was Wayne Couzens, who was convicted of the rape and murder of Sarah Everard. Eleanor Laws KC, ‘the doyen of sexual offences law‘, and Orla Daly  represented former Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy (who, after the trial, signed for Lorient), who was acquitted on rape charges over two trials. Appearing in the Isle of Man under a temporary advocates licence, Crispin Aylett KC represented a man who was retried for the 2013 murder of his wife’s lover.