Lawrence Stephens

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Eleanor Wood

Senior Associate
Head of Family
Practice areas:
Expertise includes:
  • Appointment of s.16.4 guardians
  • Children Act Cases
  • Children Arrangement Orders
  • Cohabitation and TLATA disputes
  • Divorce and separation of Matrimonial Finances
  • Injunctive Proceedings Family Law Act 1996
  • Occupation Order and Non-Molestation Order Applications
  • Pre Nuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements
Ellie Says:
I pride myself on providing first-class support to clients during challenging times - focusing on their needs as a priority. I am approachable, adaptable and empathetic with a skillset that have developed whilst working with complex Family issues.  As a keen sportswoman, I also have a competitive edge. This allows me to focus on the bigger picture while achieving clear and positive outcomes.

Meet Eleanor

I am a conscientious and efficient Senior Associate in the Family Department at Lawrence Stephens. I have been ranked as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 (2021, 2023) and Chambers and Partners (2022,2023) legal directories as an “Associate to Watch”. 

I work closely with clients on complex Family issues, with a particular interest in Children Act matters, to include cross-border relocation, change of residence applications and internal relocations. I also specialise in completing my own advocacy to ensure a smooth and cohesive process, which results in my clients feeling supported throughout the process. 

My experience includes Divorce and Matrimonial finance work and I have worked with clients through complex matters, including the division of businesses and high-value properties.

I also lecture at Bath Spa University in all areas of Law but, with a particular focus on Family Law.

Outside of work, I am a keen sportsperson having played netball, tennis and hockey to a high level.

Experience Highlights

  • Acting for a father, where the mother had accused him of sexual assault. The father denied the allegations. Further to a Fact Finding hearing, whereby no findings were made, the Court ordered for change of residence of the child, into the father’s care, with costs being awarded for the father, to be paid by the mother

  • Acting for a wife in a complex separation of matrimonial finances. The wife was a victim of domestic abuse, with the wife having secured a Non Molestation Order against the husband utilising my services. The wife was awarded an 80/20 split in her favour, with the husband ordered to pay some of the Wife’s costs, due to his litigation conduct


"Eleanor Wood is a very clear and caring person who looks at the bigger picture"

Legal 500, 2023

“She is a very well-respected family lawyer, who is comfortable with the most complex issues.”

"Ellie goes the extra mile for clients and her ability to think outside of the box really helps in cases”

Chambers & Partners 2023