Diana Ellis QC
  • Recommended as a leading silk in international criminal law and civil liberties and human rights

    Chambers UK

  • Recommended as a leading silk in civil liberties and human rights

    Legal 500

  • She has an extremely detailed knowledge of international jurisdiction. She is amazingly hard-working, a very good communicator and extremely thorough

    Chambers UK

  • Experienced in international human rights cases.

    Legal 500

  • A strong belief in promoting the rule of law.

    Chambers UK

  • Diligent, articulate and committed.

    Chambers UK

  • She has excellent judgement, is unflappable under pressure, and is meticulous in her preparation of cases.

    Legal 500

  • She displays superb judgement and composure under pressure.

    Legal 500

Called 1978

Silk 2001

Appointed Recorder 1998

Diana Ellis QC

Barrister

Hugely experienced and committed criminal defence counsel Diana Ellis has a substantial practice and extensive experience in International Criminal Law cases. Her international practice has involved leading defence teams in cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Sources are in awe of her "expert understanding of international criminal law and her strong, uncompromising representation of her clients.Chambers UK

She has had extensive experience in extradition and international mutual legal assistance, representing individuals. She regularly works with lawyers outside the UK on national and international criminal cases assisting with strategy and legal challenges.

Domestic experience includes handling serious criminal cases at both trial & appellate level including fraud and conspiracy, homicide offences, organised crime including drug trafficking and armed robbery, sexual offences and the most serious child abuse cases.  Diana Ellis is praised for her sensitivity and expert handling of vulnerable witnesses.

Appointed Recorder of the Crown Court.

Associated Work

  • European Human Rights Advocacy Centre
    • Pro-bono work assisting Russian lawyers in their applications to the ECHR.
  • Kurdish Human Rights Project
    • Advises on cases.
    • Recently submissions have been made to the ECHR in respect of displacement of families and destruction of their villages and other Human Rights abuses.

Professional Memberships

  • UN Appointed Counsel for ICTR.
  • Authorised counsel for International Criminal Court.
  • Member of the Cambodian Bar May (2008)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • European Criminal Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Liberty
  • Bar Pro-Bono Unit
  • Kurdish Human Rights Project
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

Training

Has trained Judges and lawyers from other jurisdictions in International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law and in fair trial standards and human rights.

Other

  • Working knowledge of French.
  • Co-authored several Criminal Bar Association working papers.