ProfileBarrister at QEB Hollis Whiteman | Serious and Complex Crime | Fraud | Regulatory | Mental Health | Direct Access
Eloise is professional, approachable and tenacious. She specialises in Serious and Complex Crime and her practice, both public and privately instructed, encompasses the full range of criminal offences.
Since being Called to the Bar in 2012, Eloise has successfully defended clients in Magistrates and Crown Courts across London, and further afield, in matters including; drug possession with intent to supply; dangerous driving; racially aggravated public order offences; domestic burglaries, and benefit fraud involving tens of thousands of pounds. Eloise is also increasingly being instructed in private prosecutions in cases brought by both government bodies and individuals, and is regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service as a Grade 1 Prosecutor.
During her training, Eloise assisted her pupil supervisor, Julian Evans, Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court (also known as 'The Old Bailey'), in relation to a series of trials, including: an attempted murder trial involving a large haul of firearms; a multi-handed murder trial involving complex cell site and CCTV evidence (with Crispin Aylett QC), and a gang related murder in central London (with Mark Heywood QC). In her second six, Eloise guided by pupil master Paul Wakerley, assisted in a number of cases including the successful acquittal of an undercover police officer in relation to a road traffic matter; a General Medical Council disciplinary matter, and a multi-handed cuckoo smurfing fraud, involving cash sums in excess of £10m.
Eloise has recently assisted Peter Finnigan QC in a high profile murder at the Old Bailey; Jocelyn Ledward, Junior Treasury Counsel to the Crown, in the prosecution of two children in a complex manslaughter trial raising novel points of law at Croydon Crown Court; Alex Felix in two Trading Standards cases; Rhys Meggy in the defence of the rapper Mike GLC Coombs, whose prosecution for supplying cocaine to Mazher Mahmood (also known as the ‘Fake Sheikh’) alongside the X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos, was stayed as an abuse of process; and Roger Smart and Tom Bakers in a long running, multi-handed, kidnap, false imprisonment, GBH and supply of drugs case.
Eloise is also regularly instructed as Disclosure Counsel; in 2014 she was instructed by the public and regulatory law team at Field Fisher LLP with Lord Justice Goldring’s Hillsborough inquests and she is currently instructed as Disclosure Counsel by the Bribery & Corruption Division of the Serious Fraud Office ('SFO'), in a high profile, multi-jurisdictional investigation.
Eloise also has a particular interest in sensitive and complex cases with regards to fitness to plead and insanity, where the Defendant’s mental health or significant learning disability has required the evidence of multiple medical expert witnesses.
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