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Chambers of Mark Ellison QC

1-2 LAURENCE POUNTNEY HILL, LONDON, EC4R 0EU, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7933 8855
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Fax 020 7929 3732
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858 LONDON CITY
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www.qebholliswhiteman.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘pre-eminent’ criminal and regulatory chambers in the UK, ‘big hitterQEB Hollis Whiteman has ‘a number of real star performers’ ‘from top to bottom’ whose cases are ‘rarely out of the headlines’. Chambers ‘continues to produce stars of the future’, and its strength in depth and ‘dedication to quality’ can be seen in its pupils, ‘who are amongst the most impressively trained at the London Bar’. Since the publication of our last guide, Nick Corsellis took silk in 2019 and Anne Whyte joined from Atlantic Chambers on the Northern Circuit. Described as ‘an efficient, commercial machine’, the clerks’ room is ‘at the top of its game’, led by ‘quality operators’ senior clerk Chris Emmings and first junior Faye Patis. ‘Leading the pack of new breed senior clerks’, Emmings is ‘wonderful and straightforward’ to deal with, and ‘always very approachable if issues do arise’. The ‘charismatic’ Patis is ‘one of the top clerks in London’ and is respected by barristers, fellow clerks, and solicitors alike. Second junior David O’Sullivan is ‘the junior clerk to watch’; ‘he is able to quickly grasp the issues of a case and secure the best possible counsel, even at short notice’. Diary clerks James Booth and Jonathan Wagstaff ‘provide brilliant support’ and junior clerk Sam Window is ‘very good’. Stacey Hunt is chambers manager. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

QEB Hollis Whiteman's members garner praise from solicitors for their 'impressive range of experience defending and prosecuting in cases brought by both the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority'. Multiple members of the set continue to act in long-running trials concerning the SFO's investigation into Alstom; Peter Finnigan QC is representing the SFO in the prosecution of the Alstom group of companies. Also of note, Mark Ellison QC has been representing a former senior employee of Rolls-Royce   (pre-charge and up to the discontinuation of the SFO's investigation in February 2019) following the company's deferred prosecution agreement in 2017.

Leading Silks

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA truly great silk, demonstrating impressive legal knowledge, a relentless work ethic and top-class courtroom advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Ellison QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA class act with a fantastic legal brain; judges love him.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Finnigan QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA shrewd lawyer; his composed manner conceals steely determination.

Ranked: tier 2

William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe combines a warm and solicitous bedside manner with a razor-sharp intellect.

Ranked: tier 2

David Spens QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA very good performer.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHis empathetic and imperturbable manner puts people at ease.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has the ear of judges, yet is unafraid to stand up to them.

Ranked: tier 2

Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has great insight and pitch-perfect instincts.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachna Gokani - QEB Hollis WhitemanIntelligent and insightful; a star at the junior Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe has an incredible work ethic and a formidable intellect.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is an accomplished strategist.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Broomfield - QEB Hollis WhitemanA persuasive advocate in writing and on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Doble - QEB Hollis WhitemanSelf-possessed, cerebral and very user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

QEB Hollis Whiteman

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.

Leading Silks

Eleanor Laws QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHer significant reputation in cases of sexual offending is wholly deserved.

Ranked: tier 1

Zoe Johnson QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanTruly superb on any case with medical issues involved.

Ranked: tier 2

Crispin Aylett QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA devastatingly effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

David Spens QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHis ability to get to the detail of a case is outstanding.

Ranked: tier 3

David Jeremy QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has a commanding courtroom presence.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Finnigan QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe prosecutes and defends in serious violence cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is able to win the trust and confidence of any client extremely quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is tenacious, calm and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Kark QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe deals with opponents and challenging points of law with skill, professionalism and calm.

Ranked: tier 3

William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanThe silk other silks would pay to see.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Edward Henry QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe really excels in front of a jury.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Nicholas Corsellis QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA powerful and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis WhitemanA very able advocate with an incisive mind which cuts through the thorniest of legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip McGhee - QEB Hollis WhitemanAn exceptional advocate who always commands the confidence of the court.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Stott - QEB Hollis WhitemanAn exceptionally talented advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanA strong advocate willing to persist with unpopular points when needed.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam King - QEB Hollis WhitemanA confident and skilled advocate in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexandra Felix - QEB Hollis WhitemanVery professional and approachable.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanIncredibly clever, great with clients, completely dependable and an extremely good advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Fallon Alexis - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe handles serious cases, primarily for the defence.

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Evans - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe embodies all that is best in the tradition of treasury counsel.

Ranked: tier 3

Karen Robinson - QEB Hollis WhitemanAn exceptionally talented junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Linda Strudwick - QEB Hollis WhitemanJuries really seem to warm to her and her skill in cross-examination is like watching a masterclass, particularly with regards to her handling of vulnerable witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Wakerley - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe commands attention in court in a very understated way, which means judges and juries really warm to him.

Ranked: tier 3

Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis WhitemanA commanding advocate whose client handling skills are also very good.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Broomfield - QEB Hollis WhitemanA persuasive advocate both on paper and on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services regulation
Leading Juniors

Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis WhitemanAs well as knowing his stuff, he has a fabulous bedside manner and can calm an anxious client very effectively.

Ranked: tier 2

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

QEB Hollis Whiteman

'Premier set' QEB Hollis Whiteman has an 'impressive breadth and depth' of 'high-quality, talented, and experienced barristers handling criminal fraud cases', a team of barristers which is 'equally sought after to prosecute as well as defend'. The set has reported an uptick in private prosecution work, and has been handling cases involving, for example, carbon credit frauds, investment schemes, and VAT fraud.

Leading Silks

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe grasps the key issues of a case with lightning-quick speed.

Ranked: tier 1

William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHis advocacy can spell-bind a court.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Selva Ramasamy QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHis advice is practical and pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis WhitemanA very assured and impressive advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe remains calm under fire.

Ranked: tier 2

Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is bright, witty, all over the details and calm in the face of adversity.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachna Gokani - QEB Hollis WhitemanHer advice is cogent and clear, and she is excellent with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Polly Dyer - QEB Hollis WhitemanNoted for her capacity for forensic dissection of complex evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Leading Silks

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA standout performer.

Ranked: tier 2

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Silks

Nicholas Griffin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHighly intelligent, outstanding thorough and industrious, with sound judgment and impeccable integrity.

Ranked: tier 3

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Ari Alibhai - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is a hardworking barrister with excellent knowledge and flexibility.

Ranked: tier 3

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Police law (defendant)
Leading Juniors

Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanA junior who operates at the level of a silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis WhitemanA remarkable advocate with an unparalleled tactical approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

QEB Hollis Whiteman is 'very strong in professional discipline and regulation', according to clients who are made up of both regulators and professionals in the medical, dental, legal, and accountancy fields, among other areas. In one recent highlight, Paul Raudnitz prosecuted a General Medical Council fitness to practise case against a doctor who had been convicted of possessing child pornography; the doctor was removed from the register.

Leading Silks

Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is very analytical, focused and level-headed.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Kark QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA consummate professional.

Ranked: tier 3

Zoe Johnson QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe possesses a rare ability to truly connect with clients.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Selva Ramasamy QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe leaves no stone unturned when fighting his client's corner.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Lydia Barnfather - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe is a formidable advocate, charismatic, persuasive and extremely well prepared.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Raudnitz - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is sought after to present cases for the GMC and GDC.

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Harris - QEB Hollis WhitemanHer advocacy is eloquent and balanced, which she combines with great personal charm.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexandra Felix - QEB Hollis WhitemanNoted for her expertise in misconduct cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip McGhee - QEB Hollis WhitemanA charismatic, robust and intellectual advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘pre-eminent’ criminal and regulatory chambers in the UK, ‘big hitterQEB Hollis Whiteman has ‘a number of real star performers’ ‘from top to bottom’ whose cases are ‘rarely out of the headlines’. Chambers ‘continues to produce stars of the future’, and its strength in depth and ‘dedication to quality’ can be seen in its pupils, ‘who are amongst the most impressively trained at the London Bar’. Since the publication of our last guide, Nick Corsellis took silk in 2019 and Anne Whyte joined from Atlantic Chambers on the Northern Circuit. Described as ‘an efficient, commercial machine’, the clerks’ room is ‘at the top of its game’, led by ‘quality operators’ senior clerk Chris Emmings and first junior Faye Patis. ‘Leading the pack of new breed senior clerks’, Emmings is ‘wonderful and straightforward’ to deal with, and ‘always very approachable if issues do arise’. The ‘charismatic’ Patis is ‘one of the top clerks in London’ and is respected by barristers, fellow clerks, and solicitors alike. Second junior David O’Sullivan is ‘the junior clerk to watch’; ‘he is able to quickly grasp the issues of a case and secure the best possible counsel, even at short notice’. Diary clerks James Booth and Jonathan Wagstaff ‘provide brilliant support’ and junior clerk Sam Window is ‘very good’. Stacey Hunt is chambers manager. Offices in: London

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Sport
Leading Silks

Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanIncredibly bright and his cross-examinations are fantastic.

Ranked: tier 3

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