Ellena Forman
Called to the Bar in 2017



  • Family
  • Crime

Ellena joined chambers in September 2019 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Before joining chambers, Ellena worked for two firms of criminal defence solicitors assisting with both Magistrates and Crown Court matters. Ellena expanded her experience through volunteering as an Appropriate Adult for police station attendances.

Ellena predominantly practices in crime and family law. Please refer to the individual practice areas for more detailed information of Ellena’s practice. At this time, Ellena only accepts instructions from solicitors and professionals.



I must say how impressed we both were with Ellena. She was very knowledgeable, highly skilled, professional yet very personable. I’d have no hesitation recommending her

I was extremely pleased with [her] communications and professionalism

Ellena Forman is accommodating, thorough and diligent. The client’s best interests are always at the forefront of her advice and representation

When booking counsel to cover a hearing we would be more than happy to recommend Ellena – friendly, cheerful and a very likeable person with a great sense of humour

Elle [was] absolutely phenomenal. She came well prepared, we had an extensive chat before the hearing, she explained the whole process step by step and nothing was a surprise to me when we entered the court

Ellena is a knowledgeable, tenacious and down to earth advocate, with a keen eye for detail even in the most voluminous of briefs. She is able to distil the law in an understandable way for clients and her client care skills are excellent


Ellena is regularly instructed to act in both private and public law family matters.


  • Private children applications (including FHDRA, DRA, Fact finding hearings, Final hearings and step-parent adoption);
  • Domestic Violence injunctions (including non-molestation and occupation order applications);
  • Care and adoption proceedings (including representation of parents, children’s guardians and local authorities from urgent interim removal hearings to contested final hearings);
  • Police disclosure applications (private and public law, representing either the constabulary or the parties).

At this time, Ellena only accepts instructions from solicitors and professionals.

Ellena is a thorough and diligent criminal advocate. Before joining Chambers Ellena worked for two criminal defence solicitor firms assisting with both Magistrates’ and Crown Court matters.

Her work includes:

  • Magistrates’ and Crown Courts trials (prosecution and defence);
  • Grade 2 Crown Court Prosecutor;
  • Probation breaches;
  • Appeals to the Crown Court against conviction and/or sentence;
  • Road traffic;
  • Newton hearings;
  • Police disclosure applications;
  • Parole board hearings;
  • First appearances and sentencing hearings;
  • Civil applications (Sexual Harm Prevention Order, Closure Order, Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order, Community Protection Notice etc).
  • Committal applications (applicant and respondent) 

At this time, Ellena only accepts instructions from solicitors and professionals.


LLB Hons: University of East Anglia

BPTC: BPP Law School Holborn