Ellen Shaw was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry in July 2017 and is one of four barristers on the Roman Catholic investigation team, led by Riel Karmy-Jones QC. The team undertook a vast amount of preparation for the 3-week hearing into the institutions of Ampleforth and Downside, during which Ellen assisted at the hearing during November-December 2017.
Ellen also co-drafted parts of the investigation report which made a number of findings, including that “both Ampleforth and Downside prioritised the monks and their own reputations over the protection of children”.
The report was published on 9th August and can be found via: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/6583/view/Ampleforth%20and%20Downside%20Investigation%20Report%20August%202018.pdf
Ellen is currently assisting with preparation for the next Roman Catholic investigation hearings concerning the Archdiocese of Birmingham which will be heard in November and Ealing and St Benedict’s school in February 2019.