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Eleanor Suthern


Eleanor completed her pupillage at Spire Barristers in September 2023. Prior to starting pupillage, Eleanor volunteered with the National Centre of Domestic Violence and Mencap.


She has multi-diverse range of practice and is committed to promoting access to justice for vulnerable people. During her pupillage Eleanor undertook work with ‘Advocate’, representing a client in Court of Protection committal proceedings, achieving her ‘Pupil Pledge Certificate’.

Public Law Children

Within child-protection work, she has acted for both Local Authorities and lay clients in matters involving neglect, physical and emotional abuse and substance misuse. Eleanor has also acted for the Local Authority in cases involving the deprivation of liberty of children.


Private Law Children

In relation to her private law practice, Eleanor has been instructed in matters ranging from dispute resolution appointments to findings of fact and final hearings. She has experience dealing with complex cases involving allegations of parental alienation and domestic abuse.


Domestic Abuse and Injunctions

Eleanor has acted for both applicants and respondents for non-molestation orders and occupation orders.


Court of Protection: Health and Welfare

In the Court of Protection, Eleanor has acted for the Local Authority, lay clients and the Official Solicitor in deprivation of liberty and section 21A applications.



Eleanor has a growing interest in education matters, having undertaken SEND pro-bono work as part of her university’s law clinic, including drafting EHCP’s and conducting interviews with lay clients.

Co-author of Spire Barristers’ Public Law Newsletter

The University of Liverpool Law Review, October 2021, Volume 7: ‘Sex Workers and the Law

Member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple (Winston Churchill Scholar)


Articles from Eleanor