Eleanor Temple

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:
Louise Barnes
Luke Heywood


"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 great at delivering speeches and offers very commercial advice.”

Chambers UK


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

October 2016 - Appointed Chair of North Eastern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (NECCBA)

September 2017 - Appointed Chair of the R3 Yorkshire Region

March 2018 - Appointed a Recorder (Family) N

June 2018 - Recorder (Civil) 



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



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

Chambers UK 2019

"A very good commercial disputes practitioner." "She addresses issues quickly and meets deadlines. She's organised about her work and never lets me down. She definitely goes the extra mile."

"She is an excellent all-rounder, who remains persistent and confident." "A leading insolvency barrister specialising in the full range of chancery and commercial litigation." "A great advocate with superb knowledge in this area of law. We value her thorough approach and expert guidance."

"She's very good on her feet, she can read situations and individuals and she inspires confidence in her clients." "She's got a great touch with clients and is able to get to the nub of issues very quickly."

"She is really client-focused, gets to grips with issues really quickly, is proactive and is pragmatic with her solutions. She is excellent on her feet."

Legal 500 2019

"A compelling and client-friendly advocate."

Chambers UK 2018

"A determined and forceful advocate," who is "very quick-thinking, great at delivering speeches and someone who offers very commercial advice."

"She is very user-friendly, excellent on her feet and good with clients." "She's very experienced, proactive, always available and has a wide range of knowledge and experience to apply to different situations." "A great advocate with superb knowledge in this area of law. We value her thorough approach and expert guidance."

"She comes up with solutions to difficult problems and takes a commercial view with 'out of the box' thinking. She also makes clients feel comfortable."

"She has superb knowledge backed by a commercial approach to problems." "Very user-friendly, excellent on her feet and good with clients."

Legal 500 2018

‘A formidable advocate and an unstoppable force, who is loved by clients.’

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."

Legal 500 2017

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

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.”


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