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Ella Shaw



Ella is a specialist children’s lawyer advising and representing clients in both public and private children law and has represented a considerable number of clients on a direct access basis with very positive feedback.


Ella is experienced in complex public law cases, including sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, forced marriage and honour-based violence. Ella represents local authorities, parents, children, other family members and interveners. Ella is often instructed in cases involving designation, transfer of jurisdiction and cases in which it is proposed a child is to be placed outside of the jurisdiction.

Ella has considerable experience in applications for a Deprivation of Liberty safeguards, secure accommodation orders, adoption applications and proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC).

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

Ella represents clients with respect to Child Arrangement Orders, including enforcement, specific issue and prohibited steps orders. Ella has delivered a number of well attended seminars for solicitors with respect to domestic abuse and fact-finding hearings in private children’s cases. Ella has also acted for parents in a number of specific issue applications for permission to relocate or leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction.

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 the 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)


Dear Ella, just wanted to extend my huge thanks for your stellar representation on this case and achieving a great result. Also want to pass on verbatim feedback from the client team: “Can you also thank Ella for us please, she has been great and we would love her to represent us again.”'(James Haywood, solicitor LB Bromley, January 2024).

‘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)