Eleanor has a mixed public law and civil practice, including:
- Public, administrative and local government law
- Court of Protection
- Landlord and Tenant
- Housing and homelessness
- Property and trusts
- EU free movement law
Before qualifying as a barrister, Eleanor spent four years at the AIRE Centre, a legal charity which specialises in EU and European human rights law. She has also worked in public policy research.
More information can be found in the tabs below. If you have any questions about Eleanor’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
- Public, Administrative and Local Government
Eleanor advises and represents claimants and defendants in diverse matters, including adult and child social care, s117 after-care, continuing healthcare, ordinary residence disputes, social welfare benefits, homelessness, human rights claims, data protection/freedom of information, public interest immunity, coronial law, and mental health. She has acted in judicial review cases before the High Court and Upper Tribunal.
Eleanor is regularly instructed in cases that raise issues of both public and private law, and can draw on experience gained from her practice in civil law.
- Court of Protection
Eleanor regularly represents individuals who lack capacity – via the official solicitor and other litigation friends – family members, and local authorities in the Court of Protection. Her experience includes welfare applications, capacity disputes, challenges to deprivations of liberty and property and financial affairs cases.
Eleanor recently acted as junior counsel for the successful appellant in the case of Re D (a child)  EWCA Civ 1695.
- EU Free Movement Law
Eleanor accepts instructions in cases concerning EU free movement law, and rights of EEA nationals to claim benefits and access community care. She has delivered training for the Immigration Law Practitioners Association on issues relating to EU free movement law.
Before coming to the bar, Eleanor worked at the AIRE Centre, a charity which specialises in EU and European human rights law. There, she led a multi-national project aimed at securing rights of vulnerable and marginalised EU citizens, including through strategic litigation. She worked on interventions by the AIRE Centre in cases before the domestic and European Courts, including:
- C-507/12 Jessy Saint Prix v Secretary of State for the Home Department (AIRE Centre Intervening) – preliminary reference to CJEU (rights of pregnant EEA nationals)
- C-400/12 Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG: preliminary reference to CJEU (protection against expulsion)
- Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department (AIRE Centre Intervening)  EWCA Civ 988 (comprehensive sickness insurance)
- Saint Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (AIRE Centre Intervening)  UKSC 49
- Property and Trusts
Eleanor accepts instructions in a wide range of matters concerning real property and trusts including:
- Probate, inheritance and administration of estates
- Real property
Eleanor’s experience includes TOLATA claims, claims against the estates of deceased persons, adverse possession, charging orders, orders for sale and insolvency, including hearings in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court.
Eleanor is regularly instructed in cases raising both private and public law issues, and can draw on experience from her practice in public and local government law.
- Landlord and Tenant and Housing
Eleanor acts for both tenants and landlords in residential and commercial cases. Her experience includes: residential and non-residential possession proceedings, homelessness applications, tenancy deposit claims, and cases involving Equality Act and human rights defences, disrepair, anti-social behaviour, and adverse possession.
- Moriarty and Sibley (2015) ‘Counting the True Costs of s87 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015’ Judicial Review, Vol 20, No.3, 2015
- Contributed to His Honour Geoffrey Rivlin (2015) First Steps in the Law (Oxford, OUP)
- Sibley and Collins (2014) ‘Benefits for EEA Migrants’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Vol 22, No.2, June 2014, p. 165-171
- Contributor to Chambers’ Public Law Blog.
Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School: Outstanding
GDL, BPP Law School: Distinction
MPhil Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2005-6)
MA Philosophy, Bristol University (2004-5)
BA (hons) Law and Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2001-4)
- Scholarships and prizes
Award for Outstanding BPTC Results, Inner Temple
Major Scholarship for Bar Professional Training Course, Inner Temple
Exhibition Scholar for GDL, Inner Temple
Arts and Humanities Research Council Award for MPhil/PhD
King’s College, Cambridge University Postgraduate Scholarship for MPhil
- Professional memberships
Immigration Law Practitioners Association (Treasurer and Trustee)
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