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Ella Shaw



Ella is experienced in matters involving Child Arrangement Orders, including enforcement and committal proceedings. Ella has also acted in a number of specific issue applications, such as leave to remove permanently from the jurisdiction. Ella has recently delivered a well-attended seminar in chambers following on from the Expert Panel’s Final Report, ‘Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases’.


In care proceedings, Ella represents local authorities, parents, other family members, interveners and Children’s Guardians. Ella’s practice includes cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, forced marriage and honour-based violence and cases involving placement outside the jurisdiction. Ella has considerable experience in secure accommodation orders, applications for a Deprivation of Liberty, adoption applications and proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC).

Ella is recognised by instructing solicitors for her particular skill in dealing with vulnerable and young clients.

Ella also takes instructions on a direct access basis and has received excellent feedback from direct access clients for the representation she has provided and for supporting clients through the court process.

Practice Areas

Local Authority

Private Law Children

Public Law Children

Education and Professional Memberships


University of Liverpool, Law (2004)

Law School: BVC, BPP Law School (2006)


‘Ella is always thoroughly prepared and knows her case inside out.  She is good on her feet and very easy to deal with.  I always have great confidence when instructing her however difficult the case may be.’

Gavin Blackman, Partner, Edwards Duthie Shamash (2020)

‘Ella is extremely diligent and hardworking. Her preparation is forensic and thorough.  She has a fantastic manner with clients and opponents.  She is extremely approachable, trustworthy and any client could not have better or more caring representation’. Catriona Allan, Solicitor, Goodman Ray (2020)

‘Ella is a fantastic advocate who gets results. She is willing to go the extra mile to help clients (and her instructing solicitors!) and brings an excellent analytical mind to her cases’. Charlotte Image-Flower, Associate Solicitor, Family Law Group (2020)

‘Ella is hard working, thorough and thinks outside the box when required. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help those instructing her and Clients. She is always sympathetic and fair whether she is representing a local authority or parent.’  Wainwright Cummins LLP (2020)

‘Ella’s diligence in ensuring that every detail of this case was covered and no stone was left unturned was quite evident to me throughout the proceedings of this case. Ella is an excellent, articulate professional and her experience really showed’. Lay client (2020)