Joshua Ellis

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    Red Lion Chambers is a great set of chambers to work with. They are well respected and have an array of very talented counsel.

    Legal 500, 2022
    Joshua Ellis

    Personal profile

    Joshua appears for the prosecution and defence in allegations concerning the supply of drugs, sexual offences, robbery, fraud, violent offences and others.

    He has experience as led junior counsel as well as acting as a junior alone. He has been praised by members of the judiciary for his cross-examination and his persuasive advocacy.


    Joshua is instructed to prosecute and defend in all areas of crime, including: supply of drugs, sexual offences, robbery, fraud, harassment and violent offences.

    R v T (2022) Snaresbrook Crown Court
    Appeared as led Junior in trial concerning the supply of over 11kg of heroin. Following lengthy legal arguments and disclosure requests, the prosecution offered no evidence on week 6 of the trial.

    R v F (2023) Newcastle Crown Court
    Appeared as led junior for the first defendant in a multi-handed trial relating to the use of Encrochat devices. The defence case was that the defendant had been incorrectly attributed to the Encrochat handle alleged by the Crown to be concerned in the supply of drugs.

    R v H (2023) Peterborough Crown Court
    Secured a Suspended Sentence for a defendant charged with s.18 GBH.

    R v D (2023) Maidstone Crown Court
    Secured the unanimous acquittal of a Prison Officer charged with misconduct in a public office following an assault and robbery which had occurred at HMP Swaleside [Kent Online].

    R v H (2023) Chelmsford Crown Court
    Prosecuted a case of stalking in fear of violence. The defendant pleaded guilty on the first day of trial.

    R v A (2023) Snaresbrook Crown Court
    Represented one of two brothers charged with an ABH in what the prosecution alleged was an honour beating of their sister. Both defendants were unanimously acquitted.

    R v M (2023) Guildford Crown Court
    Appeared for the first defendant in a multi-handed allegation of a robbery in prison. Having successfully opposed the Crown’s application for live link for the complainant and an application to adjourn, the Crown offered no evidence day 3 of trial.

    R v F (2023) Isleworth Crown Court
    Secured a unanimous acquittal for a defendant charged with racially aggravated harassment of a Police Officer.

    R v O (2021) Woolwich Crown Court
    During pupillage, Joshua assisted in the successful prosecution of a defendant for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following an 8 week trial.

    Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation

    R v K (2022) Canterbury Crown Court
    Represented a defendant in his POCA proceedings. The benefit figure was in excess of £18million. Agreed a confiscation order of £520,000.

    R v W (2023) Isleworth Crown Court
    Appeared for the Crown in POCA proceedings with a benefit amount in excess of £800,000 and a confiscation order for £320,000.

    R v P (2023) Aylesbury Crown Court
    Successfully resisted Defence submissions to reduce realisable amount. Confiscation order made in terms of Crown’s initial assessment of defendant’s realisable amount.

    Inquests & Inquiries

    Joshua was Junior Counsel to the Undercover Police Inquiry.


    • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University (2018-2019)
    • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University (2017-2018)
    • BA (Hons.), Human, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge (2014-2017)


    • Matrix Chambers Scholarship, AMICUS (2019)
    • Advocacy Scholarship, BPP University (2018)
    • Jules Thorn Scholar, Middle Temple (2018)
    • GDL Scholarship, BPP University (2017)
    • Pro Bono Scholarship, BPP University (2017)
    • ‘Best Public Speaker in North West’, English Speaking Union Churchill Competition (2012)

    Professional appointments

    • CPS External Advocates Panel (Grade 2)
    • Youth Court, Registered Advocate


    • CBA
    • The Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    • AMICUS


     ‘The university justice system is in disarray’ , The Times, 2021, with D Sokol

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