QEB Hollis Whiteman

Eleanor Laws QC

Current View:

This content is provided by Eleanor Laws QC.

Practice Areas

The most accomplished of practitioners, Eleanor Laws QC has industry recognition for being one of the absolute best; she is forensically and tactically astute, commanding in court and a delight to work with. Eleanor is listed as one of Chambers UK’s ‘Star Practitioners’ for crime.

A silk with a forensic mind, Eleanor is an expert tactician dedicated to pulling apart the issues of a case to gain the absolutely best result for the client. Specialising in serious crime with a particular expertise in murder and the gravest sexual offences, she is recognised for her unfailing legal knowledge, commanding court presence and exemplary cross-examination skills. She has the admiration of the industry and is a pleasure to work with.

Author of the Sexual Offences Referencer, considered to be the most widely used practitioner guide to Indictments & Sentencing in sex cases dating back to 1950, Eleanor is without doubt, the go-to silk for sexual offences.

Eleanor’s experience at the highest level has made her the counsel of choice for high profile clients in politics, sports and the entertainment industry, professional clients, senior figures in education and various healthcare professions.

Eleanor is regularly instructed pre-charge to advise high-profile clients facing police investigation where engaging her at the earliest stage of the criminal process has frequently resulted in an investigation being dropped, without any media coverage or publicity, maintaining the privacy of the individual, important to all clients and particularly crucial to those in the public eye.

An undisputed leader in the field of serious crime, Eleanor defends in cases involving drugs, violence, cruelty, murder and the full gamut of sexual offences including: trafficking; assault; abuse and rape and historical allegations of the same. She is recognised for her skill in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses and the treatment thereof. Her work is invariably complex and high profile.

She has been instructed to defend in a number of murder cases, defending youths on murder charges in cases involving gang violence and fatal stabbings.

Eleanor is also frequently instructed to conduct hearings at the latter stage of the process. She has successfully acted in sentences and appeals where she has not conducted the criminal trial. Her knowledge and presence, particularly in the field of serious sexual offences, make her the obvious choice for those who hope to achieve the best where they have been disappointed before.

Eleanor is uniquely liked and respected by associates, partners, junior barristers, her peers and the Judiciary; she has a manner that makes you immediately feel at ease and part of a very effective team.

Drawing on her considerable experience of high-profile cases, Eleanor is at the forefront of educating the Bar and outside agencies (including police, medical practitioners, the National Crime Agency and the Child Exploitation Online Protection Agency) on the treatment of vulnerable witnesses. She is an External Advocacy Trainer for CPS Grades 2-4, and recently assisted in compiling a training programme for the treatment of vulnerable witnesses as part of the launch of the Advocate's Gateway. She is regularly invited by the Criminal Bar Association the South East Circuit committee to lecture to the profession on a range of topics; including false memory, advocacy in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, disclosure in criminal case and indictments and sentencing.

Eleanor is a Recorder with a serious sexual offences ticket. She impresses the market with her vast knowledge and its application in the criminal courts.

She was appointed by the Council of the Inns of Court to chair the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal Hearings and she is an elected committee member of the Criminal Bar Association. She is currently involved in various education and compliance projects to assist those in exposed positions.

Eleanor was invited to attend an all-party parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of vulnerable witnesses and defendants, and also took part in Sarah Champion MP’s inquiry into sexual exploitation legislation. She also assisted with Keir Starmer QC’s Victims’ Taskforce to examine victims’ rights.

The work that Eleanor does for her specialist field is remarkable and her practice reflects this.