Eleanor Temple



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Harry Young
Rory Davis


International and domestic personal and corporate insolvency and restructuring (for office holders and individuals/companies), including administrations, voluntary arrangements, liquidations, bankruptcy, wrongful and fraudulent trading, misfeasance, preferences, transactions at an undervalue, cross-border insolvency, employment and pensions issues and directors' disqualification. 

Recent reported cases include:

Day v Refulgent Ltd [2016] EWHC 7 (Ch) All ER (D) 


Eleanor practises in all aspects of chancery and commercial litigation and advisory work, especially corporate and personal insolvency, company and partnership law (including shareholder/unfair prejudice disputes, breaches of trust and fiduciary duties), directors’ disqualification, banking and finance and asset tracing claims.

In 2015 Eleanor was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Civil).  Eleanor regularly sits on the North Eastern Circuit, particularly in Leeds.  

In 2014 Eleanor was named as one of the Chambers UK Top 200 junior barristers practising in England and Wales.

In 2012 Eleanor was selected by the Bar Council to present a paper to the New York City Bar Association on Cross Border Insolvency.

Eleanor is the Founder of the R3 North West Women in Business Recovery Group and a member of the R3 Regional Committee (Yorkshire).

In 2007 Eleanor was featured in The Times "Future Stars of the Regions" Report.

Recommended as a Leading Junior in four practice areas of the Chambers UK Guide 2016: Restructuring/ Insolvency (Band 1), Banking & Finance (Band 1), Chancery, and Commercial Dispute Resolution, and in the Legal 500 2015 as a Leading Junior in Commercial, Banking & Insolvency.

Clients include insolvency practitioners, banks, multi-nationals, SMEs, professional firms, private equity houses and private individuals.  Eleanor has acted for and against the Government including on public interest winding up and directors’ disqualification matters.  She is a member of the Attorney General’s Provincial Panel.

Year of Call: 2000

Areas of Expertise
  • Insolvency & Restructuring – All aspects of international/domestic Corporate and Personal Insolvency and Asset Tracing
  • Banking & Finance – All aspects of secured/unsecured Finance Litigation, especially guarantee/loan/security enforcement
  • Chancery – Partnership, Company, Directors’ Duties/Disqualification, Public Interest investigations and Trusts
  • Commercial – Dispute Resolution, Commercial Contracts/Fraud, Shareholder Disputes and Warranty/Acquisition Disputes


Recent reported cases include:

Day v Refulgent Ltd [2016] EWHC 7 (Ch), [2016] All ER (D) 21 Jan

Re Pudsey Steel Services Limited [2015] BPIR 1459

Re F G Hawkes (Western) Ltd, sub nom Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Hawkes

[2015] EWHC 1585 (Ch), [2015] All ER (D) 73 (Jun)

Re Lawyours LLP, Official Receiver v. John Wilson [2013] EWHC 3146 (Ch) 

R v (James) [2013] EWCA Crim 1089

Jones v The Financial Conduct Authority [2013] EWHC 2731 (Ch) [2013] BPIR 1033

Jones v Financial Services Authority [2013] BPIR 589

Gateley (Manchester) LLP v Rose [2013] EWCA Civ 401, [2013] All ER (D) 29 (Mar)

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills v Compton [2012] BPIR 1108

People's Phone Limited v Theophilos Nicolaou [2011] BPIR 1477, [2011] EWHC 1129 (Ch)

Rawnsley v Weatherall Green; Smith North Ltd [2010] 1 BCLC 658, [2010] BPIR 449

Parveen v Manchester City Council and Hellard [2010] BPIR 152

The Oracle (North West) Ltd v Pinnacle Services (UK) Ltd - [2009] BCC 360, [2008] All ER (D) 77 (Sep)

Re Hawkes Hill Publishing Co Ltd (in liquidation) Ward v Perks and another [2007] BCC 937, [2007] BPIR 1305

Wilson v Whitehouse and another [2007] B.C.C. 595, [2007] BPIR 230, [2006] All ER (D) 93 (Dec)

Barlow v Bowden [2006] 4 HLR 10 

St. George Smith v Lingard [2006] 4 HLR 3

Nolan v Devonport (Deceased) and another - [2006] All ER (D) 83 (Aug)

National Westminster Bank plc v Patel and another - [2004] All ER (D) 429 (May)


Eleanor has been recommended as a leading junior in Chambers Guide and the Legal 500 each year since 2004, recent recommendations include:

Legal 500 2017:

‘Wonderfully talented, both in her people skills and her technical knowledge and expertise.

Chambers UK 2017:

"She is an excellent advocate and nothing seems to faze her. You know she'll always do a good job for you." "She is a wonderful advocate who is great on her feet and gets to the bottom of problems immediately. She's great in conference and is very impressive in court."

"She is excellent. She is tremendously clear and eloquent in court and has a very persuasive style." "Her written work is very good and innovative."

"She is a very robust advocate who knows her onions and cuts to the chase." "She is extremely experienced. She has huge knowledge of insolvency matters and provides very pragmatic advice."

"She is a wonderful advocate who is great on her feet, and gets to the bottom of problems immediately."

Who's Who Legal 2016:

Eleanor Temple is known for being “extremely through and not missing a thing.”

Chambers UK 2016:

"She is a very good advocate who wins everything I send to her!"

"She is an extremely good barrister and is particularly strong in cross-examination."

"Fantastic in front of judges, she really punches above her weight. Her strength is in her advocacy - she is almost surprisingly fierce in court."

Who's Who Legal 2015:

"Kings Chambers junior Eleanor Temple is a "leading figure" in corporate restructuring with a "stellar reputation". Clients praise her "quick grasp of complex issues"

Chambers UK 2015:

"She's a great court operator. Her legal knowledge is superb and she's good on the commercial side too."

"She knows her subject inside out and is very clear in her advice."

"She is a popular advocate - she is not just easy to deal with, but a highly skilled tactician."

"She has a sound grasp of everything arising in the context of insolvency cases and she's also very user-friendly."

"She has proven ability both before judges and on paper. She can persuade a judge and is a forceful and robust advocate."

"Has a good insolvency grounding. Good on paper and good in court."

"She is very thorough, offers very practical advice and is down to earth - she really impresses clients." "She secured the confidence and trust of the clients very quickly in very difficult circumstances."

"She is fantastic; she always goes above and beyond." 

"She is very responsive, commercial and good value." 

Legal 500 2015:

“An excellent all-rounder.”

Chambers UK 2014:

"She is a revelation - fantastic in her advocacy. She knows exactly which buttons to press and which not to press, and she is able to command a room." 

"She has a strength in cross-examination; she can put someone under pressure in the box."

Legal 500 2014:

"Very personable and an outstanding advocate in court."

"She knows the law backwards."

Chambers UK 2013:

Eleanor Temple is "universally liked by solicitors" and an "excellent advocate who is down-to-earth and user-friendly." Her areas of expertise include shareholders' rights, directors' liabilities and banking and finance. She recently successfully represented Whitfield & Brown Development in a successful claim for sums owed under a contract of guarantee relating to the construction of a residential housing development.

Eleanor Temple is "fearless" in her cases and "a great advocate." Market observers state that they have "only got praise for her" and comment that she is a "very good junior, who is easy to get on with."

Eleanor Temple is "excellent" on asset finance issues, and has incredible depth of knowledge on terms and limitations. She is recommended.

Eleanor Temple "shows great flair on her feet and has the ear of the Bench," sources say. She enjoys a well-deserved reputation for her broad-ranging expertise that encompasses insolvency, banking, directors' duties and shareholders' rights.

Legal 500 2013:

Kings Chambers’ recommended silks include the ‘tenacious and client-friendly’ Lesley Anderson QC; and Paul Chaisty QC and David Casement QC, who regularly handle high-value matters. Among the juniors, Neil Berragan is recommended, as is Andrew Grantham, who has particular expertise in professional negligence. Also highly rated are Mark Harper, Martin Budworth, Lisa Walmisley, Eleanor Temple, and Jeffrey Terry."

Chambers UK 2012:

Eleanor Temple wins admiration as "a real force to be reckoned with and a hard worker."

Legal 500 2012:

Eleanor Temple is "recommended for Insolvency and Commercial disputes." 

Chambers UK 2011:

Eleanor Temple is considered to be "an up-and-coming presence on the circuit." She is "a great cross-examiner, who provides straightforward, clear and concise advice." Her areas of expertise include banking, insolvency and commercial disputes. She has niche expertise in directors' liabilities and minority shareholders' rights.

Eleanor Temple is particularly commended for her excellent client care skills. Solicitors report that she "exudes confidence in court and is an incredibly quick thinker."

Legal 500 2011:

Kings Chambers' Eleanor Temple is "exceptionally good in and out of court.”

Chambers UK 2010:

Eleanor Temple has made a name for herself in recent years in chancery, commercial and insolvency cases. She is praised as a "steely advocate who can knock the socks off barristers with many more years of call."

Eleanor Temple, who practises on both the Northern and North Eastern circuits...moves up in this year's rankings in recognition of her growing reputation, which is founded on her "tenacious advocacy, enthusiasm and impressive technical skills." Her practice is centred on corporate insolvency, with restructuring, directors' disqualifications, shareholder disputes and administrations all noted areas of expertise.

The "highly intelligent" Eleanor Temple takes on an impressive and eclectic mix of chancery, commercial and insolvency work. With her "natural commercial instinct and excellent manner," she recently appeared in Wood v Wood, Re Country Style Foods Limited, which involved a Section 459 petition and shareholder dispute. She also advised...on the highly publicised 'knicker-burning case'. Sources tout her as a future star of the Bar.

Eleanor Temple is highly rated for her commitment to insolvency...she is developing an excellent reputation as "congenial yet assertive." Her caseload encompasses insolvency and corporate restructuring, including directors' disqualification and shareholder disputes."

"She applies her weighty experience of the law to her courtroom battles, where she is noted as a strong performer." 

"Certainly busts a gut in cases."

Legal 500 2007:

Eleanor Temple is advancing quickly; she appeared for the liquidator in the Court of Appeal case of Whitehouse v Wilson (Liquidator of Vol-Mec Ltd) & Munro in 2006.

The Times - 'Future Stars of the Regions' report (2007):

"Eleanor Temple's combination of an easy going personality with a steely professional determination and sharp intellect has seen the 30-year old chancery specialist nicknamed the "smiling assassin" by fellow barristers on the northern circuit."

Chambers UK 2007:

"In court, she is bullish but out of court, clients find her user friendly and approachable." 


New York City Bar Association

R3 (Yorkshire) Committee Member

R3 (Full member)

Insolvency Lawyers' Association (Full member)

Chancery Bar Association

Northern Chancery Bar Association,

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Northern and
North Eastern Circuit

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


Attorney’s General’s Provincial Panel - appointed 2008, re-appointed 2015


Misfeasance: Shadow Director Versus De Facto Director, Insolvency Intelligence 11/02/2011, 44, (2011) 24 Ins. Int. 4

Family Law and Bankruptcy Update, Insolvency Intelligence 11/02/2011, 39, (2011) 24 Ins. Int. 1

Equine Law: Taking the reins (2008) LS Gaz, 7 Aug, 14.


Deputy District Judge (Civil) North Eastern Circuit 2015   


University: St Johns College, University of Durham

Degree: 1st Class (Hons) Law


Reginald Prize, Gerrard Rawnsley Prize, R. K. Vanham Prize, Outstanding Achievement Prize (Overall results), Inner Temple Major Scholarship, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship


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