Ella Calnan

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Ella frequently advises and acts in a wide range of private law children applications – from contact/residence disputes, including cases involving serious allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and parental alienation – to choice of schools and medical treatment, surrogacy and fertility.

Ella has a particular interest in international relocation and is experienced in cases involving the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions, Brussels II revised and non-Hague Convention countries. In the last year Ella has successfully represented clients in relocation applications concerning Australia, Austria and the West Bank, Israel.

Ella’s family finance work frequently involves complicating factors such as trusts, companies and partnerships, hidden assets, injunctive relief, bankruptcy and enforcement. Ella also has experience advising on pre and post-nuptial agreements and acting in disputes concerning the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Ella has a growing international finance practice and has acted in cases concerning financial provision following divorce overseas, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, including reciprocal enforcement of foreign maintenance orders, jurisdictional disputes (‘forum shopping’) and cases concerning the validity of a foreign marriage.

Reported cases
25th August 2015 | Bailii

W v S (Committal) [2015] EWFC B130

Committal application arising in Schedule 1 proceedings arising from alleged failure of the Respondent to complete properly a Form E. Judge finds a wilful breach and sentences Respondent to 14 days' imprisonment, suspended for a short period to allow one last opportunity to comply with the Order
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What the directories say

“She is a skilled advocate who is very good with clients. She quickly grasps the issues and sees the wider picture, including costs considerations. Ella is also always very approachable and responsive, meaning that from a solicitor’s perspective she is easy to work with and someone that you can just pick up the phone to discuss a case with.” 
Chambers and Partners 2018

“She’s phenomenally bright and empathetic, down-to-earth and sensible. She’s definitely one to watch for the future.”
Chambers and Partners 2017

Awards

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CHAMBERS UK BAR LEADING BARRISTER

Chambers UK Bar 2018 Leading Barrister
Chambers UK Bar 2017 Leading Barrister

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association

Languages

French

2nd November 2017
Chambers & Partners 2018
3rd November 2016
Chambers & Partners 2017