Ellen McAnaw

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Ellen McAnaw is a barrister specialising in crime. She has particular expertise in representing young or otherwise vulnerable clients, whom she can put at ease with her calm manner. She is a skillful advocate who uses her detailed knowledge and preparation of a case to examine witnesses effectively.

Ellen defends in a range of offences including serious violence and drugs offences and prosecutions brought under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Ellen also has experience in representing defendants in contested confiscation hearings.

Recent Cases:

R v A and Others 2018 – successful defence of a vulnerable prisoner who had been charged with prison mutiny. Defendant appeared first on the indictment, all other defendants convicted.

R v C 2018 – secured an acquittal following successful submission of no case to answer for a man charged with possessing a knuckle duster and a hammer in a public place.

R v K 2018 – successful defence of a man charged with assaulting his former partner with knives and other weapons, defendant acquitted after a four day trial.

R v B 2017 – persuaded the court to suspend a prison sentence for a man charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a 76 year old man in an unprovoked attack which left the victim with lifelong injuries.


The Honourable Society of Inner Temple

LLB (Hons)

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales – 2015

Higher Rights of Audience (Crime) – 2017

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