Called: 2018

Ellie Whiteside-Hunt

Ellie specialises in family law and became a tenant of Central Chambers in January 2021 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Joseph Lynch. During her second-six, Ellie appeared before the magistrates, district and circuit judges whilst representing local authorities, parents, and children in care proceedings. She also appeared in private law proceedings and represented applicants and respondents in injunctive applications.

Since being on her feet Ellie has received excellent feedback from lay and professional clients and from the judiciary including that ‘Her submissions were relevant and realistic, and her manner polite and helpful, whilst pursuing her case with appropriate vigour. I think she has the makings of a very good member of the Bar’.

Excellence Through Continuity of Representation

Ellie has been instructed in numerous multi day hearings during the course of her second six and has dealt with these cases both remotely and in person. She started her second six during the period of change within the court system and has been able to adapt expertly to the new normal. She is comfortable working within the constraints of remote hearings but is also available to attend in person when it is necessary and appropriate.

In public law proceedings she has sought care and placement orders for the local authority and has also represented parents in opposition of those orders. This mixed practise has allowed her to develop an understanding of the different approaches required in preparation of a case.

In private law proceedings she has dealt with all hearings from FHDRA, DRA, finding of fact hearings through to contested final hearings around residence and contact.

She has experience of dealing with vulnerable witnesses and is very cognisant of the importance consideration of special measures plays early on in proceedings to ensure that the best evidence is available to inform any court decision.

Her employment prior to pupillage was with a busy Local Authority in the Children and Families department and her workload focused mainly on public law family matters, including but not limited to care proceedings, adoption proceedings, secure accommodation, Fabricated or induced illness and non-accidental injuries.

Ellie is collaborative in her approach to her cases and will seek to find the best solution in that way if it is possible but that does not diminish her ability to actively put the case she is instructed to in an appropriate and measured way. Her ability to work and connect with clients both lay and professional has been shown in the repeat instructions she receives and is an admirable trait this early on in her career.

Away from the Bar, Ellie is passionate about assisting children in poverty access education and resources. She spent time volunteering with Roots, a charity based in Cambodia where she assisted in schools and continues to be an avid supporter of the foundation.

Education
  • BPP School of Law, Manchester – LLB 2:1
  • Bar Professional Training Course – BPP School of Law, Manchester – Very Competent.
Scholarships and Awards
  • Godfrey Heilpern Memorial Scholarship
Memberships
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • FLBA

Notable Cases

  • RE D – Represented a mother in a hearing where the initial local authority plan was for removal of children from her care. The application had been made on an emergency basis and was opposed by the mother, following three different hearings the local authority accepted they did not meet the test for removal and the children remained in the care of their mother whilst assessments were undertaken.
  • H v H – Private law finding of fact representing applicant mother. Following a two-day contested hearing all findings sought bar one were made out as pleaded on behalf of the applicant.
  • RE P – Contested final hearing with a plan of adoption. Represented a vulnerable client in a case that included issues of people trafficking, sexual exploitation, risk evaluation and had an international element.
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