Overview

Eleanor became a member of Chambers in September 2020 following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Stuart Neale.

Eleanor has a busy Crown Court practice. She is category 3 prosecutor and accepts defence instructions at the same level. She acts in all manner of criminal case including cases of serious violence, sexual offences, the supply of drugs, possession of firearms and offences of dishonesty.

Eleanor has also acted as lead junior counsel.

Eleanor is regularly instructed as independent counsel for Greater Manchester Police.

Expertise

Current prosecution instructions include:

  • Causing GBH with intent

  • Sexual assault

  • Importation of class A and B drugs (defended by leading counsel)

  • Assault committed by a serving police officer during an arrest (defended by leading counsel)

Current defence instructions include:

  • Rape of a child under 16

  • Rape (historical abuse)

  • PWITS class A drugs

  • Causing GBH with intent

Eleanor also accepts instructions in road traffic cases. She appears on behalf of defendants from first appearance through to trial, sentence and on appeal (if necessary). Eleanor defends in taxi licensing appeals and prosecutes for the DVLA on appeal to the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

Notable Cases

R v RN 2023 (Manchester Crown Court)- Defended RN who was charged with a s18 after repeatedly stabbing the victim with a broken glass bottle. The Crown accepted a plea to s20 despite the prosecution witnesses being supportive of the prosecution and CCTV capturing the incident. Defendant sentenced to 21 months suspended for 24 months.

R v LB 2023 (Bolton Crown Court)- Successful application to dismiss two counts of strangulation on the basis the Crown could not show that the strangulations took place after the relevant legislation came into force.

R v OE, MG and KW 2023 (Manchester Crown Court)- Prosecution of three Defendants involved in burglaries and an aggravated burglary. Defendants entered acceptable pleas prior to trial. Defendants found to be dangerous and sentenced to 12 years, 12 years and 10 years respectively.

R v MM and DG 2022 (Preston Crown Court)- Prosecution of a two count case of arson, reckless as to endangering life which led to the death of a dog. MM pleaded guilty prior to trial. DG was indicted on a joint enterprise basis by driving MM to the location of the arsons. DG convicted after trial. MM found to be dangerous and sentenced to 16 years. DG sentenced to 8 and half years.

R v AM 2022 (Preston Crown Court)- Prosecution of a ‘road rage incident’. The case was originally indicted as a s18 (with a s20 as an acceptable alternative). The Defendant pleaded guilty to s20 at the close of the Crown’s case (defended by leading counsel).

R v PT 2022 (Preston Crown Court)- Defendant charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine for over a year. Defendant pleaded guilty on a limited basis which led to the imposition of an 18 month Community Order on sentence. The Defendant has subsequently breached the order twice but has remained out of custody.

R v AS 2021 (Manchester Crown Court)- AS charged with breach of a SHPO. Requests were made for the disclosure of the original SHPO and the date of the amendment to the order. It transpired that there was no evidence that AS was subject to the SHPO at the relevant time. No evidence offered.

R v SK 2021 (Mold Crown Court)- Represented Defendant 1 for the conveyance of class A drugs into HMP Berwyn. Representations made to the prosecution prior to trial. No evidence offered. All other Defendants were convicted. 

Achievements

Awards

  • Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple

  • Advocacy Scholarship, BPP Law School

  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP Law School

Qualifications

  • BPTC, BPP Manchester, Very Competent

  • Law LLB (Hons), Durham University, 2.1

Memberships

  • Level 3 CPS Advocate Panel

  • Junior Junior Attorney General’s Panel

  • The Northern Circuit

  • Criminal Bar Association

  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple


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