Working in crime, Ellie has acquired a reputation that she is rightly proud of as being fair, straight forward, having sound judgment, all whilst exceeding the standards required of her as an advocate.
Ellie started her career on the Western Circuit over 13 years ago specialising in crime and developing a practice in prosecution and defence. After 3 years, Ellie joined the CPS as an in-house advocate and quickly secured an exclusive Crown Court practice. In this position Ellie was fortunate to have exposure to a high case load, cases of importance and was also able to develop her trial advocacy competence. Ellie’s drive to further herself as well as her skills and experience, opened doors for her to prosecute cases of length, complexity and standing. In 2012 Ellie was awarded the CPS internal equivalent of Grade 3 and covered a vast amount of RASSO work. During internal and external advocacy assessments, Ellie was noted to be capable of working beyond what was expected of her at Grade 3; and in performance reviews noted as being an asset to the CPS.
In 2015 Ellie’s family relocated to the Cayman Islands in the British West Indies. This brought the opportunity to work for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in this important financial jurisdiction. There was more variety in Ellie’s work there as she became responsible for all planning enforcement, environmental, and agricultural prosecutions, as well as representing the Crown in an inquest matter, and in trade and business cases. Ellie has therefore developed a sound understanding of regulatory crime. In terms of general crime, Ellie continued to specialise in sexual offences, drug trafficking, International legal assistance, and restraint and confiscation.
Ellie now returns to the Western Circuit and is keen to continue to strive for excellence as a general criminal and regulatory practitioner.
Cases of note
- R v E & H 2017 - Possession of a firearm proven from a photograph alone.
- R v G 2016 - A man was convicted of rape, gross indecency, indecent assaults and possession and distribution of indecent images of children, where the evidence largely came from digital sources, and one victim was unaware she had been raped.
- R v E 2016 - A drug dealer was convicted of importing and supplying drugs as well as perverting the course of justice and money laundering where the evidence came from the seizure of his mobile phone. That also led to 8 further co-accused’s being charged.
- R v M 2015 - A student was convicted of rape against a prostitute where he went behind a financial agreement they had, assaulted her and took back the money he had proffered.
- R v E 2015 - A man who worked with young children was convicted of possession of indecent images of children after denying they were indecent before a jury.
- R v G 2015 - Four defendants were convicted of possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply it having travelled to Hampshire from Liverpool with the sole aim of selling drugs.
- R v D 2014 - GBH, Defendant assaulted a player of an opposing team during a football match.
- R v P 2012 - Three defendants convicted of a knife point robbery.
- R v A 2012 - Sexual assault allegation where one victim had personal difficulties and hence concerns about giving evidence, yet Ellie was able to build a rapport with her and assist her.
- R v B 2012 - Five defendants over a two week trial were prosecuted for a violent disorder that took place at a football match between Southampton and Millwall.
- R v M et al 2017 - Attempted murder by shootings of two victims in relation to a gang feuds.
- R v S 2015 - Conspiracy to steal controlled drugs, conspiracy to rob and perverting the course of justice arising out of a local group operating to try and steal from drug dealers. 6 defendants were prosecuted by the Crown from evidence that came from cell site analysis, examination of phone traffic and ANPR material.
- Rv M&M 2014 - Murder. Two brothers were convicted of Murder after they set upon an innocent family man who they tried to rob and then in an act of gratuitous violence took his life. Evidence of a forensic nature, study of CCTV and of eye witnesses allowed the Crown to establish the identity of the offenders. Andrew Langdon QC leading (head of the Western Circuit).
- R v K 2013 - Multiple rape and sexual offences perpetrated against several female victims who were largely lured into a relationship with the defendant where upon he took what he wanted from them and often abused their vulnerable nature.
- R v K 2011 - Blackmail, money laundering and fraud.
- R v T 2010 - A series of mortgage, benefit and credit card frauds.