Elroy Claxton

Year of Call: 1983
“Excellent barrister my clients recommend him to their friends”

– HSR London (2017)

“A man that instils confidence in clients”

– MN LAW (2017)

Elroy is a highly experienced defence specialist and is an established criminal practitioner.

He specialises in defending in serious criminal cases and also undertakes police tribunal work.

Elroy is regularly instructed in cases of fraud, murder, rape, drug offences, serious violence, proceeds of crime, kidnapping, firearm offences, armed robbery fraud and serious historical sex cases, financial crime and regulatory matters.

Throughout his career, Elroy has built a reputation on his analytical and thorough approach to the preparation of his cases.  During his career he is consistently recognised for his communication with lay clients.

His court craft and advocacy are built upon a clear working knowledge of the issues and tactics to be deployed in a particular case.

As a Leading Junior he is able to marshal complex paper heavy cases and liaise effectively with both Junior council and Solicitors to ensure that the case is prepared thoroughly and efficiently. Having conducted many ‘two counsel’ cases,’ he is well respected and trusted by solicitors to deliver the best for their clients.

Elroy is always calm under pressure, which enables him to develop positive relationships with lay and professional clients as part of a legal team.

Elroy is sensitive to issues and matters that arise. These qualities has allowed him to establish trustworthy relationships between himself and clients.

Elroy has been a Recorder since 1998.

Regularly instructed to defend on a direct access basis.

Notable Cases

  • R v O

    People trafficking, young women from Nigeria to Prague and then on to Heathrow, case required an understanding of the Nigerian culture and traditions of Nigerian village traditions.

  • R v R

    Defendant charged with rape allegation that the victim was drugged. Defendant acquitted.

  • R v O

    International sex trafficking gang, trial at the Central Criminal Court.

  • R v DN (akaL-F)

    Representing serving prisoner in sexual activity with a child. Defendant had substantial links with the Manchester underworld.

  • R v N

    Illegal immigrant fraud exposed by BBC Panorama programme.

  • R v B

    Representing man charged with historical rape offences whilst serving a long sentence for rape.

  • R v S

    Multi handed fraud case in the North of England.

  • R v T

    Perverting course of justice in a multi handed Murder case

  • R v I

    Multi-handed mortgage fraud heard in Manchester Crown court.

  • R v A

    Leading counsel in £1 million fraud. Five men charged with setting up fraudulent firm with the aim of providing fraudulent HGV licence. Representing only defendant to be acquitted.

  • R v O

    Banking fraud, money laundering.


Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit