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

“Ellen Peart is a titan in her field. She sees solutions where others see problems; she is always available for her clients and puts you at ease”
Legal 500, 2021

“The ‘brilliant’ and ‘unflappable’ Ellen Peart enjoys a strong reputation among peers for her extensive abilities in general criminal matters.  One source comments: ‘She is hard-working, tenacious, intelligent, dedicated, and clients love her.  I would go to her if I was in trouble’.”
Chambers UK, 2016

“… the ‘practical’ and ‘thoughtful’ Ellen Peart, is ‘a cut above the competition’.”
The Legal 500, 2015

“The highly regarded Ellen Peart is considered a talented criminal practitioner.  Clients report that ‘she is particularly good at advising on sensitive matters, which involve a more human touch’.”
Chambers UK, 2015

“praised for [her] ‘razor-sharp intellect’.”
The Legal 500, 2013

“Ellen Peart has been involved in a number of complex and varied cases, and is noted for her ‘dynamic, knowledgeable and no-nonsense client skills’.”
Chambers UK, 2013

“she has a bearing and composure that gives clients great confidence’.”
Chambers UK, 2011

“Ellen Peart is praised for her ‘impressive tactical nous and client care’.”
Chambers UK, 2009

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