Eleanor Leydon

Year of call:
2020
Email:
eleanor.leydon@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

Eleanor accepts instructions in all Chambers’ areas of practice. She has particular interests in public, planning and environmental law.

So far during pupillage, Eleanor has appeared in a multitude of small claims and fast-track personal injury and credit hire trials; a school admissions appeal; and a possession hearing.

Eleanor is a member of ALBA, CPBA, PEBA and UKELA. Outside of pupillage, she is the legal editor at It’s Freezing in LA! – an independent, interdisciplinary climate change magazine.

Administrative & Public


So far during pupillage, Eleanor has assisted on a number of public law matters including:

  • Drafting grounds and appearing in a two-day group school admissions appeal
  • Advising on the discriminatory effect of a sports law rule, including whether the criterion applied was inherently discriminatory
  • Advising on the lawfulness of Experimental Traffic Orders introduced in a London borough
  • Advising on the lawfulness of a local authority’s processes for statutory assessment of the needs of disabled children
  • Drafting a skeleton for a renewed application for permission to apply for judicial review of the decision to disclose information about an acquittal on an Enhanced Criminal Records Certificate
  • Drafting several sets of SENDIST tribunal submissions
  • Assisting on several cases involving EHC plans, including observing a mediation between a family and local authority
  • Drafting a notice of objection to the Supreme Court
  • Drafting a response to an FOI request relating to the monarchy and personal data

Planning & Environment


So far during pupillage, Eleanor has assisted on a number of planning and environmental matters including:

  • Researching EU air quality law and ECtHR case law on the human rights impacts of air pollution
  • Assisting on an airport expansion inquiry and a rights of way inquiry, including drafting cross-examination questions and closing submissions
  • Advising on a range of planning matters, including: the operation of a new class of permitted development rights; the adoption of a neighbourhood development plan; the rerouting of a public highway; and the operation of the Public Sector Equality Duty in a planning case
  • Drafting summary grounds in a judicial review of a grant of planning permission for retail development
  • Researching the standing of companies formed by local action groups in judicial review claims

Civil Liability


So far during pupillage, Eleanor has assisted on a number of civil liability matters including:

  • Appearing in a range of personal injury and credit hire hearings, in the small claims court and on the fast-track
  • Drafting pleadings including a defence and counter-schedule in an Occupiers’ Liability claim; a defence and counter-schedule in a Road Traffic Accident claim including a Fatal Accidents Act component; and a particulars of claim and schedule in a clinical negligence claim
  • Drafting a skeleton argument on procedural civil litigation issues including defective service of a claim form
  • Advising on liability, quantum and fundamental dishonesty in a range of civil liability matters
  • Researching the parallel application of the Human Rights Act 1998 in a common law claim in negligence

Commercial and Construction Law


So far during pupillage, Eleanor has assisted on a number of commercial and construction matters including:

  • Successfully applying to set aside default judgment in a money claim against a further education provider
  • Assisting with submissions to the Grenfell Inquiry
  • Assisting in two ongoing construction adjudications
  • Advising on the commercial and property aspects of an alleged joint venture in UK property development between several BVI-registered companies
  • Advising on the validity of a deed of novation between construction contractors
  • Observing company law matters including a reduction in capital application and an unfair prejudice petition

Eleanor 's Practice Areas


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