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Robert Ellison

‘He has an exceptional intellect, which allows him to analyse and dismantle a prosecution case with first-class finesse in the courtroom.’Legal 500 - 2017

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Practice Profile

Robert Ellison is a Criminal and Regulatory barrister renowned for his expertise in cases of Serious Fraud, Homicide, Organised Crime and Police Misconduct.

Robert Ellison is frequently instructed as a Leading Junior in complex and demanding cases. He prosecutes and defends across the whole range of criminal offences.  In recent years his work has focused on cases involving Organised Crime Networks, Serious Fraud and Regulatory work.  He is described as “adept at strategy and a skilful advocate who is liked by juries.”

He has developed particular expertise in cases involving complex Fraud, Police Misconduct, Public Interest Immunity issues and challenging Forensic evidence.  Unusual areas of his work have included HIV Transmission cases, Police Pension Forfeiture and Security Vetting Appeals.  He also handles Company Director Disqualifications and Judicial Review.

The combination of his background and academic abilityoften enable him to bring useful insights to difficult cases.  He served with the Metropolitan Police from 1981 to 1995.  He left the service as a Detective Sergeant with particular experience of covert police operations and Homicide investigations.   He was an outstanding legal scholar who received academic awards for his achievements at the University of London and the Inns of Court School of Law.

He has a keen interest in the Financial Markets and offers expertise in FCA regulated activities and trading frauds. His current cases include tax fraud using capital loss relief, ‘boiler room’ fraud, and Police Misconduct hearings.


University of London: Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
Inns of Court; School of Law: Bar Vocational Course,
Pupil of Patrick Gibbs QC

Recent Cases

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Notable Cases

  • Thames Valley Police v. S & ors [Disciplinary Tribunal] 2010

    Police Misconduct

    Robert Ellison represented an officer in Police misconduct proceedings at a 2 week discipline hearing invovling four officers charged with breaches of the Discipline Code involving Dishonesty and bringing the service into disrepute. The allegations were that officers were taking and supplying Class 'A' drugs. The officer was cleared of all charges.

  • R v. V & ors [Southwark] 2011

    Boiler Room Fraud

    Robert Ellison defended in this "Boiler Room" high pressure, share-pushing operation from call centres in Spain. Around 1,250 investors in the UK were persuaded to buy over £7 million worth of shares. Using their "Gordon Gekko" contract notes to complete the transactions. POCA proceedings involved assets totalling £4.5m.