Eleanor has had experience over many years in all aspects of the law, however in the late 1980s she decided to specialise. She was the first Silk to join Alison Ball’s Chambers in 1990, not long after its formation, and became joint head. She was involved in building the set through its expansion and helping it to focus on the development of its independently acknowledged expertise as one of the leading Barristers’ chambers specialising in family law and related matters. She stood down as joint head in 2007 but continues to practice from 1GC|Family Law.
Throughout her career at the Bar and as a Silk, Eleanor has played a significant part in influencing the way in which the family courts approach cases involving children. This was hugely affected by the landmark Cleveland enquiry in which she was instructed on behalf of the Northern Region, the employers of the two doctors concerned. Ultimately this led to the Children Act with its radical reforms of the law relating to children, their families, and the role of the state in families’ lives. Additionally, she was involved in the development of the first statute that was enacted concerning surrogacy and parental orders in relation to a landmark case in which she represented a couple who had to use surrogacy to have their own genetic children.
Eleanor has for many years been a Legal Assessor for the GMC, (MPTS) and the General Dental Council. More recently she has chaired cases for the Pharmaceutical Council.
Children (public law)
Eleanor’s expertise relates particularly to medical issues that arise in such proceedings, including all forms of alleged NAI and FII and neglect.
She has been instructed on behalf of many Local Authorities, Parents and Children’s Guardians.
Children (private law)
Eleanor has a particular interest in Jewish family law and chairs the Family Law Group of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. She has represented Jewish, Muslim, and Asian clients in divorce proceedings and children’s issues of all kinds and understands the particular concerns in relation to the religious issues in particular.
Eleanor has for many years been a Legal Asessor for the GMC, (MPTS) and the General Dental Council. More recently she has chaired cases for the Pharmaceutical Council.
Eleanor has been involved in numerous cases, most notably G v G  1WLR 647 (HL) and The Cleveland Enquiry.
Other recent cases include:
In Re G (a child) (Adoption: Placement outside Jurisdiction)  1 FLR 1484 and  1 FLR 1497,  3WLR 853
Re W, Re A, Re B (Change of Name)  2 FLR 930
R v Cornwall CC ex parte E  1 FLR 1055
Re PJ (Adoption: Practice on Appeal)  2 FLR 252
Re B (Residence Order: Leave to Appeal)  1 FLR 520