One of the UK’s leading criminal barristers, Elwen has acted in numerous serious, complex and high profile cases for both prosecution and defence.
She led the prosecution team in the April Jones murder case and the defence team for the mine manager in the Gleision mining disaster case.
In 2002, Elwen was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court. She has been a bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2006. Between 2002 and 2015, Elwen was the Head of Iscoed Chambers.
Since 2015, she has combined her practice at the bar with being head of the College of Law and Criminology at Swansea University.
Elwen was a member of the Commission on Justice in Wales, which was chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd and which reported in October 2019.
Elwen is a Welsh speaker and has regularly conducted trials in the medium of Welsh.
Further examples of Elwen’s recent work include:
R v DP - Prosecution of defendant for the murder of his wife by strangulation, then an attempt to cover up the crime by staging a hanging.
R v HJ - Prosecution of 5 defendants in a case where a man was murdered and attempts made to dispose of the body using a cremation pit.
R v MD - Defence of police officer accused of perverting the course of justice in relation to the Lynette Whit murder investigation.
R v W - Defence of lorry driving accused of death by dangerous driving after suffering a medical incident at the wheel