Ellen Shaw

Call To The Bar: 2014

Ellen is an established and well regarded junior who specialises in crime, regulatory, and professional discipline.

Ellen has been instructed to both prosecute and defend in a wide range of cases including offences against the person, dishonesty, drugs, sexual offences, intellectual property, driving offences, breach proceedings and cases involving proceeds of crime applications. Ellen provides advice and assistance to both the prosecution and defence on all aspects and stages of the criminal and regulatory enforcement process including: enforcement notices, the investigation, the decision to prosecute, and PII and disclosure issues. She regularly advises on evidence, procedure, sentence and appeal.

Ellen is a level 2 Crown Court prosecutor, and often receives regular instructions as a regulatory and private prosecutor. In this capacity she frequently prosecutes for  government departments (the HMRC, DWP, DVLA and DVSA)  local councils and organisations such as the Post Office.

Ellen is also a member of the specialist regulatory advocates panel in Health and Safety and Environmental law.

In her defence practice Ellen  receives instructions to act along-side leading counsel but also regularly acts as solely instructed counsel in cases where the prosecution, and other defendants, have both leading and junior counsel.

Ellen accepts instructions on all types of regulatory and public law matters.

Ellen is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse, on the Roman Catholic Investigation.

Recent examples of cases include:

R v AA and others – defence of a lady charged with attempting to pervert the course of public justice on an indictment also containing murder and attempted murder. Ellen was instructed as sole junior when all but one of the other defendants, and the prosecution, had leading and junior counsel. Ellen  made a successful half time submission to secure the acquittal of her client.

Operation Tweed.  R v DH and R v ML – defence of two men in separate trials under the same operation concerning the historic physical abuse of boys in care homes in the 1970-80s. The only counsel to have clients in both trials under this operation and to have both acquitted. Ellen was instructed as sole counsel in both cases where the prosecution had both leading and junior counsel.

R v MT  – defence of a man charged with threatening with a bladed article and assault. Acquitted.

R v TJ – defence of a young man (18) charged with a knife point robbery. Acquitted.

R v EB and others– defence, led junior in a case where three police officers were charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

R v CH – defence of a man charged with criminal damage in the context of a neighbour dispute. Acquitted.

R v DS – defence of a man charged with a serious domestic violence assault. Acquitted

R v AT-P – defence of a single mother charged with committing an act to pervert the course of justice. No evidence was offered by the Crown.

RSPCA v JE and others – defence of three defendants all charged with a large number of animal cruelty counts.

R v KH – defence of a man charged with several counts of Fraud, trial conducted in absence of defendant.

MCC v PS – successful prosecution for a local council in  a food safety case.