Ellen Wright

Call 2017

Ellen  Wright



Ellen has a busy criminal practice acting as both a led junior and junior alone and regularly appears in the Crown Court on a wide range of matters representing clients charged with a variety of offences including murder, fraud, robbery, GBH, drug supply and witness intimidation. Ellen has extensive experience as a trial advocate and is also accustomed to dealing with Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Freezing/Forfeiture Orders and Criminal Behaviour Orders.


In addition to her criminal practice, Ellen accepts instructions through the Attorney-General’s Junior Panel (formerly the Treasury Solicitor’s Baby Barrister Panel) and undertakes work for the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Serious Fraud Office. Ellen is currently engaged in a significant and highly sensitive regulatory investigation for a band 1, white collar crime firm.


  • Elected Bar Council Representative
  • Crown Prosecution Service Panel Advocate Grade 3
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association 


  • Author, ‘Inquests, Article 2 and Covid-19 in Light of Maguire [2020]’, Trinity Chambers News & Insights, September 2021 Inquests, Article 2 and Covid-19 in Light of Maguire [2020]
  • Author, ‘Suspicious Activity Reports: The Law Commission’s View’, Young Fraud Lawyers Association Winter Newsletter, 2019 YFLA Winter Newsletter 2019 
  • Co-author, ‘Misusing Drugs and Misapplying Paternalism; Injecting Portuguese Decriminalisation into the UK Justice System’, UK Legal Issues Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2016
  • Co-author, ‘The HIV Stigma; Duty or Defence?’ UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2015


  • LLM Distinction, Teesside University
  • LLB (Hons) First Class, Teesside University
  • CBA Bursary for Excellence in Advocacy
  • The Rachel Lawrence Prize
  • Inner Temple Exhibitioner
  • The Ian Pennock Award for Excellence in Law 


Outside her practice, Ellen has undertaken a number of voluntary roles including teaching children of secondary school age the legislation regarding revenge porn and consent through SPITE and the Schools Consent Project and helping prisoners improve their communication skills with debating through the Vocalise programme.

Clerking team

Liam Gorman

Lead Criminal & Regulatory Clerk

0191 245 9521

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569

Criminal & Regulatory Clerk

0191 245 9542

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

0113 3235 955

Represented a defendant at Catterick Military Court in a six-handed matter concerning disgraceful conduct and misconduct through alcohol in a trial lasting six days. The Defendant was acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Instructed as a led junior in a six-handed murder trial lasting nine weeks. The Defendant’s telephone evidence was of particular importance and a full download of the telephone was obtained and reviewed in order to produce a detailed phone schedule which was put before the Jury.  

Successfully prosecuted multiple counts of outraging public decency following ‘upskirting’ offences in Eldon Square in a trial which lasted six days and required the presentation of complex expert evidence regarding phone capabilities.

Acquittal of Defendant who was indicted with the theft of high value construction pallets in a trial lasting five days and involving GPS data, lengthy video footage and multiple witnesses.

Represented Defendant charged with assault, theft and criminal damage said to have occurred during a road rage incident. D was acquitted of all the charges against him despite evidence from multiple witnesses, photographic evidence and acceptance of presence. 

Represented a 12-year-old charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article in a four-handed trial in the Youth Court lasting five days. This case required particular care as all the defendants had special educational needs and all the witnesses the Crown sought to rely upon were under the age of 13.

Represented Defendant convicted of his second offence of possessing an offensive weapon (machete) at sentence and successfully excluded a drill rap video as evidence of gang involvement.

Successfully argued for the removal of a bladed article condition from a Criminal Behaviour Order against a youth who was convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.