Eleanor Sibley

Called 2014

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) [2017] 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) [2014] EWCA Civ 988 (comprehensive sickness insurance)
  • Saint Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (AIRE Centre Intervening) [2012] UKSC 49


Property and Trusts

Eleanor accepts instructions in a wide range of matters concerning real property and trusts including:

  • Insolvency
  • Probate, inheritance and administration of estates
  • Co-ownership
  • 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.


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 – member and former Treasurer/Trustee (2014-2018)

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