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New Park Court Chambers

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- Legal 500 2015

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- Chambers and Partners 2016

Eleanor Fry 2007


Called 2007 – Middle Temple – LLB (Hons), MA (Hons)

Undertook pupillage at Park Court Chambers 2008-2009

Grade 3 Prosecutor

Languages: Fluent Spanish and some French

Experience of Criminal Work

Eleanor regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court (as a junior alone and whilst being led). As a grade 3 prosecutor she has conducted numerous complex, multi-handed and sensitive cases.  She also has experience of conducting private prosecutions and prosecutions on behalf of regulatory bodies.

Recent and/or significant work has included:

  • R v S [2016] – Prosecution of a serious sexual assault.
  • R v H [2016] – Prosecution of a complex fraud with associated bankruptcy offences.
  • R v T [2015] – Successful appeal against sentence to the Court of Appeal, resulting in a 50% reduction in sentence.
  • R v B [2015] – Led junior in a prosecution for murder.
  • R v B & B [2016] – Led junior in a prosecution for manslaughter.
  • R v C & M [2015] – Representation at trial of a defendant with a borderline IQ, who was also highly suggestible, on 5 counts of possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply – successfully argued exceptionality at sentence to take his case outside the guidelines, thereby avoiding immediate custody.
  • R v G and others [2015] – Secured acquittal in defence of a 21-year old charged with possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
  • Prosecution and defence in the Crown Court for fraud, serious violence, dishonesty, sexual offences, drugs matters, false imprisonment, weapons offences, involvement in organised crime, driving matters, conspiracies, attempting to pervert the course of justice, arson (reckless as to whether life was endangered).
  • Prosecution and defence in trials with vulnerable witnesses and/or defendants
  • Disclosure and Public Interest Immunity (PII) work in the Crown Court.
  • R v R and others [2012] – Led junior for the first defendant in a multi-handed rape case involving a minor victim.
  • R v A [2009] – Led junior for the third defendant in a case under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Experience of Family Work

Eleanor regularly appears in applications in the High Court or on behalf of family members and local authorities in the Family Court in private and public law proceedings under the Children Act 1989, financial remedy (ancillary relief) proceedings, applications for injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996 or for Forced Marriage Protection Orders and committal proceedings arising out of any of the above.

Recent and/or significant cases include:

  • Re X [2015] – “Prosecution” in the family court of historical sex offences, involving vulnerable adult witnesses giving evidence by ABE and video-link cross-examination from remote (undisclosed) locations: findings were made, leading to no direct contact between father and child (subject of the proceedings).
  • Re A [2015] –“Prosecution” in the family court of serious violent offences and allegations of involvement in organised crime and risks of child abduction: findings were made, leading to no direct contact between father and child and other protective orders.
  • Successful prosecution and defence at findings of fact and final hearings of private law applications involving allegations of serious physical and sexual violence (both recent and historical), non-accidental injury, serious emotional harm, involvement in organised crime etc.
  • Use of special measures and other technology (ABE, video-link, TV-link, telephone evidence (for experts), screens, written/pre-prepared cross-examination, etc.)
  • Representation of respondents in two recent child abduction cases in the High Court of Justice (RCJ) under the Hague Convention.

Other Recent Work

  • Article 2 Inquests on behalf of families, police officers, other IPs
  • Civil claims
  • Committal proceedings