Ellie has experience in prosecuting and defending in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court on a range of matters.
Ellie is a CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor and has prosecuted offences such as road traffic offences, burglaries and assaults in a domestic violence context, dealing sensitively with vulnerable complainants. She is aided in this regard by her prior experience as a Witness Service volunteer.
Prior to pupillage, Ellie provided education on criminal law to youth offenders as a volunteer with the StreetLaw scheme, which aims to provide legal education to those who might otherwise lack access to it.
Ellie prides herself on her calm manner and ability to relate to clients and witnesses from all walks of life. She also has experience in dealing with Youth matters and has a particular interest in this area.
Ellie is keen to continue to expand her criminal practice.
R v G (Leeds Magistrates’ Court) – Ellie dealt with a possession of a bladed article case involving a Modern Slavery Act defence.
R v B (Leeds Youth Court) – Ellie secured a conditional discharge for a youth Defendant charged with theft of a safe thought to contain items to a value in excess of £10,000.
R v H (Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court) – Ellie mitigated for a Defendant who had pleaded guilty to drink driving. The sentencing guidelines indicated a range of 17-22 months’ disqualification. Ellie secured her client a 12-month disqualification, to be reduced to 9 months upon completion of a rehabilitation scheme.
R v S (York Magistrates’ Court) – Ellie represented a Defendant who was convicted of being drunk in charge of a vehicle. The Defendant was a ‘new driver’ and would have had their licence revoked if they had received an 11 point endorsement. Ellie successfully contended for a short disqualification as an alternative to allow the Defendant to keep their licence.
R v R (Leeds Magistrates’ Court) – Ellie represented a Defendant charged with wasting Police time who had falsely reported a rape. This case involved a large amount of CCTV and other evidence, and Ellie liaised with the prosecutor to reduce as much of the case as possible into agreed facts to streamline the process and focus on the key issues.
R v H (Leeds Crown Court) – Ellie secured a suspended sentence for a young Defendant who had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in the context of a Police chase.
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Prior to commencing pupillage, Ellie worked as a paralegal in the Catastrophic Personal Injury team at DWF. She regularly assisted with drafting Defences, Draft Orders and letters of advice to insurer clients on complex and high value cases. She therefore has a strong understanding of key concepts in personal injury litigation.
Ellie frequently acts for both Claimants and Defendants in small claims hearings, Stage 3 hearings and interim applications. She accepts instructions to act in Fast Track matters, including on conditional fee agreements in appropriate cases.
Ellie also has particular experience in credit hire litigation, assisted by a thorough understanding of the case law in this area. She delivered a seminar on credit hire remotely over the lockdown period.
Ellie accepts instructions to draft pleadings and advices on liability and quantum, and can assist at all stages of a claim’s life cycle. She can work to a short deadline if required.
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Ellie is keen to expand her regulatory and public law practice. She has experience of both prosecuting and defending in the criminal courts and is adept at dealing with vulnerable witnesses.
During pupillage, Ellie was successful in the Mental Health Tribunal, securing the release of an inpatient detained under the Mental Health Act. Owing to her background in Psychology, which she studied at degree level before converting to law, Ellie has thorough knowledge and understanding of the issues in such proceedings.
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Ellie enjoys a mixed civil practice and has experience in dealing with contractual disputes. She is frequently instructed in small claims hearings and application hearings, and is happy to assist in drafting or advising at any stage of the life of a claim.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Ellie worked as a paralegal in the Catastrophic Personal Injury team at DWF. She regularly assisted with drafting Defences, Draft Orders and letters of advice to insurer clients on complex and high value cases. As a result, she has a sound understanding of the principles in civil litigation.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, Ellie co-wrote articles on liability for independent school and university tuition fees during the lockdown period, which received a great deal of interest.