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Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Jocelyn Ledward has built up a substantial mixed practice of fraud and mainstream crime, with particular expertise in long-running, complex cases in all areas of criminal law and regulatory law. The last few years have involved a mixture of complex, high-profile mainstream criminal cases, business crime, and professional disciplinary proceedings. Jocelyn has significant experience in both prosecuting and defending sexual offences. She has been involved in high profile and complex sexual cases often involving sexual and indecent conduct by professionals (GMC v Bonhoeffer). Her experience of these cases extends to detailed knowledge of digital media, particularly in line with her involvement as counsel in the prosecution of Stuart Hazell. She also has extensive experience of homicide and serious violence, money-laundering, conspiracy to defraud and tax evasion, VAT fraud, large-scale drugs supply and importation, corruption and other offences of dishonesty (including high-value theft and robbery conspiracies). Past highlights include representing a director defendant in the first prosecution by the OFT under the Cartel Offence provisions of the Enterprise Act, following the landmark ‘Marine Hose’ plea agreement with the DoJ. She has extensive experience in relation to disclosure and Public Interest Immunity; handling of electronic material; in dealing with evidence from foreign jurisdictions; and in confiscation; she also has developed a particular interest in social media offending. She provides advice to and represents corporate and professional/director clients in Health and Safety at Work Act, Trade Descriptions Act and Insolvency Acts cases. Her professional disciplinary experience includes appearing before the General Medical Council and other regulatory bodies, primarily in the healthcare field. Jocelyn is registered on the Bar Council Public Access directory.


Called Middle Temple 1999. Publications of note: Social Media: How the Net is closing in on Cyberbullies [2013] Ent. L.R. 24(8) Contempt and Social Media update: [2014] Ent. L.R 25(2).


Working knowledge of French.


Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Fraud Lawyers Association; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory; Public Access Bar Association.


Magdalen College, Oxford (MA (Hons) First Class) 1997; City University (DipLaw) 1998; ICSL (BVC) 1999.


Leander, gardening.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Jocelyn LedwardQEB Hollis WhitemanHer levels of preparation and attention to detail are flawless. As an opponent you know she is going to be extremely tough but entirely fair. She has a calm, measured style in cross-examination which makes the jury really trust her. Her legal submissions are really impressive and show immaculate judgement.

Outstanding setQEB Hollis Whiteman ‘is a class act, boasting a wealth of very strong talent‘ and possesses ‘a deserved reputation in relation to both prosecution and defence‘. In one high-profile case, Crispin Aylett QC prosecuted in R v Petrović and others, where four defendants were on trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. Sexual offence cases are prominent in the team’s caseload: Jocelyn Ledward and Orla Daly acted in R v Fingleton, where a film director was acquitted of the sexual assault of an actress in her home. Also of note, Eleanor Laws QC is representing the actor Johnny Depp in his libel action against News Group Newspapers and The Sun’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, for publication of an article in 2018 referring to Depp as a “wife-beater”. In recent chambers news, Paul Raudnitz QC took silk in March 2020.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Jocelyn LedwardQEB Hollis WhitemanShe has an incredible work ethic and a formidable intellect.