Ellis regularly defends as junior alone in serious cases of alleged violence, trafficking of drugs, and theft, robbery or fraud. As led junior, he has appeared in cases of murder and attempted murder. As a consequence of his IT experience, he is often instructed in cases with a technical aspect.
He also retains a practice defending professionals and others in the magistrates’ courts. For many people, a conviction for even a minor offence can have serious repercussions in terms of employment, ability to travel, or reputation. A charge that is trivial per se may be very important to the person being prosecuted. Ellis has represented solicitors, accountants, police officers, company directors, doctors, nurses and teachers who have had the misfortune to find themselves charged with a petty offence that may have grave consequences for them if not successfully defended.
Ellis’s prosecution practice is more specialised. He appears on the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 3; however, as a prosecutor, he is almost always instructed in cases of acquisitive offending (fraud, theft, and like offences), and in cases alleging breach of regulations. Many of the cases that he prosecutes involve substantial losses, and multiple (sometimes corporate) defendants. Most are linked to or followed by proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Ellis accepts instructions to advise in criminal matters on a direct access basis. He does not usually accept direct-access instructions to appear in court in criminal matters.