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Ella Grodzinski

Ella joined 39 Essex Chambers as a tenant in September 2023, after successful completion of her pupillage. She accepts instructions across all the Chambers’ practice areas.

During pupillage Ella has worked on a broad range of civil matters. Her experience spans public law, planning, environmental and commercial law, as well as personal injury and clinical negligence.

Prior to coming to the bar, Ella obtained an LLM in International Law from University College London (with distinction in all modules). She also volunteered with the Free Representation Unit and as a youth camp councillor.

Areas of expertise

Environment and Planning

Ella is particularly interested in environmental and planning law, and has been involved in a variety of matters, including:

  • Resisting an appeal by way of public inquiry on the redevelopment of the South Kensington Underground Station and surrounding buildings 
  • Advising on potential Judicial Review challenges 
  • Assisting with several inquiries into the registration of town and village greens
  • Advising on matters of land registration and equitable ownership of land
  • Defending a statutory noise nuisance complaint

Public Law

During pupillage Ella assisted with a wide range of Public Law matters, including Court of Protection work, education and care matters, and Judicial Review proceedings. Her experience includes:

  • Drafting skeletons for Steve Broach on Court of Protection cases
  • Making and resisting applications for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • Providing advice on the legality of school admissions policies 
  • Advising a local authority on the legality of their children’s care placements and supported accommodation arrangements


During pupillage, Ella worked on a range of construction matters, including:

  • Advising on the application of the recent Building Safety Act 2022 and the Fire Safety Order 2003 in relation to corporate liability for remedial works
  • Advising on responsibility and liability for building design and construction defects
  • Assisting in preparation and giving advice on a claim for breaches of landlords’ duties, in contract and under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 
  • Advising ownership disputes and contractual relationships in relation to joint-venture housing construction


Ella worked on a number of different commercial matters during pupillage, including:

  • Drafting pleadings in relation to commercial contracts, guarantees and debt recovery cases
  • Conducting legal research for Paul Darling KC on the fiduciary and contractual duties of football agents
  • Advising on dry shipping matters and vessel withdrawal, in anticipation of arbitration 
  • Working on several regulatory matters of solicitor malpractice, including drafting pleadings 

Civil Liability

Ella regularly appears in the county court in personal injury, road traffic, and credit hire claims. She also has experience drafting statements of case, schedules, legal research and providing advice. Her experience during pupillage included: 

  • Conducting legal research for Judith Ayling KC regarding the human rights implications of failures in psychiatric care and safeguarding
  • Drafting schedules and counterschedules in personal injury and fatal accident cases
  • Drafting pleadings in relation to road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability and personal injury at work cases
  • Advising on employer’s liability as affected by contractual indemnity and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006