A tenacious advocate, Eleanor Fry deals with a broad range of complex and sensitive matters in the criminal and family jurisdictions, often with cross-jurisdictional aspects. Eleanor’s experience, both prosecuting and defending, ranges from cases of fraud to violence, child cruelty and serious sexual assaults (as a junior alone) and from terrorism offences to murder/manslaughter (as a led junior), with recent successes in the Court of Appeal and High Court.
Following representation at a recent inquest, Eleanor is campaigning (along with Ison Harrison Solicitors) to change the law governing the use of crossbows.
Eleanor speaks fluent Spanish and some French.
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.
Prosecution of a serious sexual assault.
Prosecution of a complex fraud with associated bankruptcy offences.
Successful appeal against sentence to the Court of Appeal, resulting in a 50% reduction in sentence.
Led junior in a prosecution for murder.
Led junior in a prosecution for manslaughter.
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.
Secured acquittal in defence of a 21-year old charged with possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Led junior for the first defendant in a multi-handed rape case involving a minor victim.
Led junior for the third defendant in a case under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Death in custody – represented a detention officer whose actions were ultimately not considered on the evidence to have contributed to the death (by suicide)
Death in local authority foster care – representation of the family of a teenager who died on her first night in foster care having been removed from her family against her will.
Death of a pensioner, killed by police van parked in local park – representation of the family
RTC death in high speed police pursuit
Death of a young care leaver, following placement in care as an unaccompanied asylum seeker
Death – accident – tramadol toxicity
Unlawful killing in neighbour dispute
Death in custody – prison
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.
“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).
“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.
‘ She has a very calm, measured approach, combined with a great eye for detail. Her judgement and assessment of cases is spot on and her advice to clients always clear and understandable. Judges warm to her manner. ’
Legal 500 2022