Ellen Peart

“Ellen Peart is described as a ‘secret weapon’ who ‘inspires total confidence from her clients’ and is a ‘phenomenal team player.’ She comes highly recommended for her expert representation of high-profile clients, particularly those facing serious sexual and violent offence charges.”

Chambers UK

Ellen is a partner specialising in serious and general criminal matters; her practice now focuses on representing individuals who face allegations in respect of sexual offences, assault, homicide, dishonesty, harassment, firearms and computer misuse. She often represents high-profile individuals and is sensitive and experienced in dealing with reputation management issues.

Ellen provides specialist police station advice as well as advice to clients in relation to interviews conducted by other prosecution agencies. She has a wealth of experience and success in making representations to the CPS, or other relevant prosecuting agency, that no further action should be taken.

She has a special interest in Court of Appeal cases where she has successfully advised clients who have sought a second opinion post-conviction and sentence.

She is also experienced in advising broadcasters concerning pre-production and post-production matters.

Ellen was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 after obtaining a Joint Honours degree in Law with French from the University of Leeds. Ellen spent the third year of her degree at the University of Strasbourg studying French law from where she obtained the Diplôme de Français Juridique.

Ellen joined BCL in 2002. From 1999, Ellen worked for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in the Business Crime Unit in Sheffield, completing her training at a well-respected high street practice; she was invited to join the partnership at BCL in March 2010.


  • Contributing writer to ‘The Police Station Adviser’s Index’ (Sweet & Maxwell 4th edition revised)

Professional Memberships:

  • The Law Society
  • The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association
  • The Association of Women Solicitors
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Howard League for Penal Reform

What the directories have said:

“She is top of the market. She is without doubt one of the best criminal solicitors in the game. She tends to be involved with private, high-profile celebrities, high net worth individuals and all sorts of people. She is charming, fantastic, very tough when she needs to be but great at negotiating the way with more difficult clients. She is the complete deal.

Chambers UK, 2023

“Ellen is an excellent lawyer. She is an impressive individual.”

Chambers UK, 2023

“I go straight to Ellen if I have any cases of a sexual nature.

Chambers UK, 2023

“She’s always available and very responsive. We’re always happy to recommend her.

Chambers UK, 2023

“She is doing a fantastic job in a really competitive market. Ellen is super and has done brilliantly.

Chambers UK, 2023

“She is fantastic. I couldn’t say enough good things about her.

Chambers UK, 2023

She is always available and very responsive.

Chambers UK, 2023

Ellen is without doubt one of the best criminal solicitors in the game.

Chambers UK, 2023

Ellen Peart is top of the list of solicitors to recommend for high profile and high net worth defendants. She is discreet and sensitive, but always provides pragmatic and correct advice. Clients trust her to find solutions, and they are never disappointed.

Legal 500, 2023

“Ellen is highly experienced. She has dealt with very high-profile matters with great calm and, indeed, success.”

Chambers HNW, 2022

“Ellen Peart is very strong in terms of her client service and general level of service, level of sophistication, and commercial awareness and vision. She is extremely helpful.”

Chambers HNW, 2022

“Ellen is incredibly thorough, wonderful with clients and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the minutiae of the case.”

Chambers UK, 2022

“Ellen Peart is a go-to lawyer. She is an accessible, approachable and likeable solicitor.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“Ellen is amazing. She understands her clients’ wants and needs. She can help them not just in respect of their case but also with their broader issues. I think she is brilliant with clients and has an ability to see the bigger picture.”

Chambers Insights, 2022

“Ellen Peart is a force to be reckoned with. A bit like a smiling assassin – so incredibly personable and friendly that her opponents don’t realise just how brilliant she is until it’s too late. When it comes to client care, there is really no one better. Who I would go to if I was in trouble. Phenomenally good. Her reputation within the profession for getting incredible results is absolutely deserved and her success rate reflects her hard-work, her tenacity, her experience and the undeniable star quality that sets her apart.”

The Legal 500, 2021

“… you absolutely want Ellen in your corner.”

Chambers UK, 2021

“… no-nonsense and immensely dedicated” 

“… absolute professionalism, client care and choice of counsel,” 

“Her tactical judgement, from police station interview to trial, is breathtaking.”

Chambers UK, 2020

Ellen Peart is a titan in her field. She sees solutions where others see problems”

The Legal 500, 2020

“… absolutely devoted to her clients” 

Chambers UK, 2019

“… formidable, yet retains a sensitive, human touch.”

Chambers UK, 2018

“… an enormous asset to have at the police station”

The Legal 500, 2017

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