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Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
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 QCQEB Hollis WhitemanHer significant reputation in cases of sexual offending is wholly deserved.

QEB Hollis Whiteman has a track record of prosecution work, including some of the most serious cases, but also handles a diverse range of defence instructions. Philip Stott prosecuted thrice-bankrupt hereditary peer Rhodri Philipps, who received a 12-week sentence for sending menacing racist messages to anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, one of which purporting to offer a £5,000 bounty for ramming her with a vehicle. Turning to defence work, Stott and Zoe Johnson QC also represented a GP who was accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of a patient who died of a rare adrenal gland disorder – the case was dismissed on no case to answer after the prosecution’s case was heard. In a more unusual matter, Johnson QC represented the Crown Prosecution Service to defeat an attempt by two men convicted of the murders of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare in 2005 to discharge the order which anonymised a witness for the first time in an English criminal trial. Defence work in sex offences is one area where the set is particularly strong; Eleanor Laws QC and Polly Dyer defended a doctor who was acquitted on 11 counts of sexual assault on ten male patients.