Practice

Recommended by Legal 500 as one of the top ten commercial litigation juniors under eight years’ call, Eleanor is “Good with clients, hardworking and a very nice person too”.

Eleanor has practical experience across the range of Chambers’ practice areas, and has a broad commercial Chancery practice, encompassing advice, drafting and representation in contentious and non-contentious matters. Eleanor provides practical advice tailored to meeting the client’s objectives, and she is particularly sought after for work involving complex legal questions. Eleanor regularly receives repeat instructions from solicitors’ firms, and she works both alone and led by barristers (including silks) in and out of Chambers. Eleanor regularly accepts instructions with a German language element.

Eleanor is a CEDR-accredited mediator, offering a practical and constructive approach to parties wishing to explore settlement of their dispute.

Eleanor was founding Chair of the Junior Chancery Bar and is Chair of PILARS (the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme), and she sits on the Bar Council Pro Bono Committee and the Chancery Bar Association Committee and its Pro Bono, Mentoring and Equality and Diversity Sub-Committees.

Practice areas

Commercial dispute resolution

Eleanor regularly advises, drafts pleadings and other documents, and appears in Court on a range of commercial matters. Eleanor provides practical advice tailored to meeting the client’s objectives, and she is particularly sought after for work involving complex legal questions.

Eleanor has recently acted for the claimants in complex and very valuable proceedings concerning credit linked notes (led by Mark Phillips QC and Sharif Shivji). She has experience of financial mis-selling claims (including advising alone and led by Sharif Shivji), and is comfortable with complicated financial transactions. She has previously been instructed by JP Morgan (led by Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Richard Handyside QC and David Murray, in one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2014) in a substantial Commercial Court dispute arising from a synthetic CDO transaction entered into between the bank and a European public entity, and (led by Alain Choo Choy QC and Sharif Shivji) by the claimant in a claim for losses arising from foreign exchange trading.

Eleanor has experience, acting both alone and in a team, of applications and interim remedies (including freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, disclosure orders and charging orders). Examples include the operation of bills of sale and questions as to the priority of claims to assets removed to the English jurisdiction from abroad, and advice and conduct of steps taken to recover diverted funds and to procure information about the recipients of those funds.

Eleanor also has experience of claims involving allegations of dishonesty, of stakeholder applications, of challenges to the jurisdiction of the English Courts (led by Richard Hill QC and Alastair Tomson), and of issues arising upon the registration of foreign judgments.

Eleanor has been instructed (led by Valentina Sloane) in procurement proceedings relating to a large IT contract held by a Government body.

Eleanor also has experience of working with expert witnesses, and is often instructed to assist in the preparation of expert reports or opinions.

 

Banking & finance

Eleanor regularly advises, drafts pleadings and other documents, and appears in Court in banking and finance matters. Eleanor provides practical advice tailored to meeting the client’s objectives, and she is particularly sought after for work involving complex legal questions.

Eleanor has recently acted for the claimants in complex and very valuable proceedings concerning credit linked notes (led by Mark Phillips QC and Sharif Shivji). She has experience of financial mis-selling claims (including advising alone and led by Sharif Shivji), and is comfortable with complicated financial transactions. She has previously been instructed by JP Morgan (led by Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Richard Handyside QC and David Murray, in one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2014) in a substantial Commercial Court dispute arising from a synthetic CDO transaction entered into between the bank and a European public entity, and (led by Alain Choo Choy QC and Sharif Shivji) by the claimant in a claim for losses arising from foreign exchange trading.

Eleanor has received instructions from financial services regulators, including with Robert Miles QC, and with Jonathan Crow QC and Andrew George QC (advising and appearing for the Financial Services Authority in Ford v Financial Services Authority [2012] EWHC 997 (Admin)).

Company law

Eleanor regularly advises, drafts pleadings and other documents, and appears in Court on a range of company law matters. Eleanor provides practical advice tailored to meeting the client’s objectives, and she is particularly sought after for work involving complex legal questions.

Eleanor has experience of substantial claims against directors and shareholders (for example questions of directors’ authority (actual or apparent), of breach of duty, and of return of dividends). She also has experience of unfair prejudice proceedings, derivative claims, and just and equitable winding up (including claims being litigated in the British Virgin Islands and Malaysia (led by George Bompas QC and by Jonathan Crow QC) and in England). Eleanor also provides practical advice to shareholders and directors on matters arising from the companies legislation.

Chancery: commercial

Eleanor regularly advises, drafts pleadings and other documents, and appears in Court on a range of Chancery matters. Eleanor provides practical advice tailored to meeting the client’s objectives, and she is particularly sought after for work involving complex legal questions.

Eleanor has recently acted for the claimants in complex and very valuable proceedings concerning credit linked notes (led by Mark Phillips QC and Sharif Shivji). She has experience of financial mis-selling claims (including advising alone and led by Sharif Shivji), and is comfortable with complicated financial transactions. She has previously been instructed by JP Morgan (led by Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Richard Handyside QC and David Murray, in one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2014) in a substantial Commercial Court dispute arising from a synthetic CDO transaction entered into between the bank and a European public entity, and (led by Alain Choo Choy QC and Sharif Shivji) by the claimant in a claim for losses arising from foreign exchange trading.

Eleanor has experience, acting both alone and in a team, of applications and interim remedies (including freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, disclosure orders and charging orders). Examples include the operation of bills of sale and questions as to the priority of claims to assets removed to the English jurisdiction from abroad, and advice and conduct of steps taken to recover diverted funds and to procure information about the recipients of those funds.

Eleanor also has experience of claims involving allegations of dishonesty, of stakeholder applications, of challenges to the jurisdiction of the English Courts (led by Richard Hill QC and Alastair Tomson), and of issues arising upon the registration of foreign judgments.

Eleanor has been instructed (led by Valentina Sloane) in procurement proceedings relating to a large IT contract held by a Government body.

Eleanor also has experience of working with expert witnesses, and is often instructed to assist in the preparation of expert reports or opinions.

Insolvency & restructuring

Eleanor regularly advises, drafts pleadings and other documents, and appears in Court on a range of matters arising of corporate insolvency and bankruptcy (including cross-border issues).

Eleanor has recently acted (led by Mark Phillips QC and Sharif Shivji) in substantial and complex insolvency proceedings and related civil claims connected to the Icelandic banking sector, which have included questions relating to a liquidator’s power to gather information (Chesterfield United Inc [2012] EWHC 244 (Ch)).

Eleanor regularly receives instructions to pursue or defend bankruptcy and winding up petitions, including applications to set aside statutory demands. She has advised alone on sensitive administration proceedings concerning a high-profile sports team, and she has experience of claims involving a liquidator’s scrutiny of previous transactions (including in cases led by Christopher Harrison) and of allegations of a director’s personal liability for a company’s debts (complicated by a related claim in professional negligence).

 

Financial services

Eleanor has received instructions from financial services regulators, including with Robert Miles QC, and with Jonathan Crow QC and Andrew George QC (advising and appearing for the Financial Services Authority in Ford v Financial Services Authority [2012] EWHC 997 (Admin)).

Eleanor has recently acted for the claimants in complex and very valuable proceedings concerning credit linked notes (led by Mark Phillips QC and Sharif Shivji). She has experience of financial mis-selling claims (including advising alone and led by Sharif Shivji), and is comfortable with complicated financial transactions. She has previously been instructed by JP Morgan (led by Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Richard Handyside QC and David Murray, in one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2014) in a substantial Commercial Court dispute arising from a synthetic CDO transaction entered into between the bank and a European public entity, and (led by Alain Choo Choy QC and Sharif Shivji) by the claimant in a claim for losses arising from foreign exchange trading.

Administrative & public law

Eleanor has received instructions from financial services regulators, including with Robert Miles QC, and with Jonathan Crow QC and Andrew George QC (advising and appearing for the Financial Services Authority in Ford v Financial Services Authority [2012] EWHC 997 (Admin)).

Offshore litigation

Eleanor’s cases often involve an offshore element.

Trusts

Eleanor regularly addresses questions of trusts law in the context of her practice.

Alternative dispute resolution

Eleanor is a CEDR-accredited mediator, offering a practical and constructive approach to parties wishing to explore settlement of their dispute.

Eleanor also has experience (as counsel) of mediation and of arbitration, including as to preparation of expert reports.

Additional info

What the directories and judges say

Recommended Legal 500 as one of the top ten Commercial Litigation juniors under eight years’ call, Eleanor is “Good with clients, hardworking and a very nice person too”.

Career & appointments

Founding Chair of the Junior Chancery Bar
Chair of PILARS (the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme)
Member of the Bar Council Pro Bono Committee
Member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee, and its Pro Bono, Mentoring, and Equality and Diversity Sub-Committees
Member of the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association
Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Rix, Michaelmas Term 2011

Publications

Annotated Companies Legislation, OUP 2013 (contributor)
Sham Transactions, Miranda Stewart and Edwin Simpson, OUP 2013 (contributor)
Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8:2016-2017 Legal Year (contributor)

Education & awards

Jesus College, Oxford: Jesus College Law Prize, Edwin Jones Scholarship and S.R. Welson Prize
Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Denning Scholarship, Hardwicke Entrance Award, Buchanan Prize and Pupillage Scholarship
BA (Oxon)
LLM

Languages

German