Eleanor Gleeson 

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  • Crime
    • Profile

      Eleanor joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2020 following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Stuart Neale.

      Eleanor conducts all manner of Crown Court hearings. She has defended at trial in the Crown Court and holds further defence instructions for upcoming jury trials. Eleanor also regularly appears for prosecution and defence at sentence, on appeal from the Magistrates Court and in interlocutory hearings. Her case load includes offences of robbery, non-domestic burglary, offences against the person, offensive weapons, the supply of drugs and sexual offences.

      In the Magistrates Court, Eleanor has significant experience at trial. She has successfully prosecuted and defended in cases involving sexual offences, possession of offensive weapons, offences against the person, public order offences, criminal damage, dangerous dogs, offences of dishonesty. Through her work in the Magistrates and Youth courts Eleanor is familiar with questioning vulnerable adult and child witnesses and is adept at making the legal arguments that commonly arise at trial.

      In her first year of practice Eleanor appeared in the Court of Appeal twice.

      Eleanor is also regularly instructed to defend in road traffic offences. She appears on behalf of defendants from first appearance through to trial, sentence and on appeal (if necessary). She has also had success in making exceptional hardship and special reasons arguments. 

    • Notable Cases

      R v MU 2021 (Manchester Minshull Street) - Prosecuted five breaches of a Forced Marriage Protection Order where the Defendant had removed his children from the jurisdiction. The Defendant pleaded on an acceptable basis on the day of Newton Hearing. Successfully argued at sentence that the Judge should use the child abduction case law as guidance to sentence. Defendant was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months immediate custody.

      R v SE 2021 (Manchester Hilton Nightingale Court)- Defended in the first effective trial heard at the Hilton Nightingale Court. The Defendant was found guilty of s47 assault for fracturing his neighbour’s cheekbone. Persuaded the Judge at sentence to pass a 6 month suspended sentence despite the Defendant running a trial and having 26 previous convictions including 5 previous convictions for assault.

      R v CH 2021 (Manchester Magistrates Court)- Prosecuted four charges of indecent exposure. The witnesses for the first three charges included a particularly vulnerable adult witness. Successfully applied to sever and adjourn the fourth charge part way through the trial after the witness to that incident did not attend. Secured convictions for the three charges that remained for trial on the day.

      R v MM 2020 (Manchester Minshull Street) Defended a young male who had brought a knuckleduster with a knife blade into a college. Convinced the Judge to suspend the custodial term. The Defendant received a 1 year suspended sentence.

      R v PR 2020 (Warrington Magistrates Court) – Defended an allegation of possession of an offensive weapon. Successfully made a submission of no case to answer on the basis that a baseball bat was not a weapon per se and the Crown had failed to provide evidence that the Defendant intended to use the bat to cause injury.

      R v DN 2020 (Tameside Magistrates Court)- Defended allegations of assault and criminal damage in a domestic context which ran alongside family proceedings. Prior to trial the Crown had failed to apply for disclosure from the Family Court. Following service of the Defence disclosure application the Crown offered no evidence. 

    • Membership

      The Northern Circuit

      The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

    • Qualifications

      BPTC, BPP Manchester, Very Competent

      Law LLB (Hons), Durham University, 2.1


      Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple

      Advocacy Scholarship, BPP Law School

      Excellence Scholarship, BPP Law School