(Pictured : Rachel Carter Partner,  Eleonor Ronson Solicitor, Natalie Pouya Associate Solicitor)

Eleanor Ronson decided it was time to come home – to join Devon law firm Wollen Michelmore.

She is back in her beloved South Devon after 10 years working in London and has joined Wollen Michelmore as a family solicitor based at their Newton Abbot office.

She says: “ I currently live in Exeter and commute down to the Newton Abbot office – which is a much nicer, prettier commute than the one I had before on the underground. I moved back to lovely Devon essentially because I missed it so much, 10 years away was long enough.”

Eleanor grew up in the South Hams. At 18 she left Devon to study English Literature at the University College London.

She then decided to be a solicitor and completed a law conversion - with a Graduate Diploma of Law and Legal Practice Certificate - at the University of Law at Moorgate in the capital.

She trained at City law firm Pinsent Masons LLP and qualified three years ago and stayed with Pinsents, specialising in contentious Administrative Court work with a planning / energy and infrastructure focus.

Then it was a move for Eleanor into public law legal aid work, representing vulnerable people, including care leavers, disabled children and adults, victims of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, age disputed unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and families with no access to public funds. One of her cases, in May 2018, was when she ran a successful High Court judicial review on behalf of a vulnerable client who had been left street homeless by a local authority who
subsequently failed to accept duties to him as a young care leaver. She has also represented clients in the Court of Protection in disputes regarding mental capacity.

Why a family solicitor? She says: “I am a family solicitor dealing with all aspects of children law - I specialise in care matters and child protection. I wanted to be a family solicitor, particularly working with children law issues, because it is an important, interesting and highly emotive area of law which has a huge impact on the lives of children and their families.”

And why a new career with Wollen Michelmore? Eleanor says: “Wollen Michelmore is an excellent firm which provides quality, specialist legal advice and delivers a high standard of client care – it also has a friendly and supportive working environment which makes it a lovely place to work. I have been warmly welcomed since my arrival and it is a real privilege to be a part of such a great firm.”

Eleanor’s parents, now retired, both taught in schools in the South Devon area and her sister is a primary school teacher in Exeter.

She is in a book club and likes to read and talk about books. She also loves going for long walks in the South Devon countryside with her family and their dog Buddy, a Golden Doodle who is their ‘absolute star’.

You can contact Eleanor at eleanor.ronson@wmlegal.co.uk

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