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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 WhitemanPure excellence and a fearsome opponent. An incomparable mix of skilful strategy and gravitas commands the courtroom. She has great emotional intelligence which she deploys to great advantage in order to cross-examine witnesses.

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.