Ellen Winchester

Assistant Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Legal method/skills , Law , Family law , Comparative law

Research Supervision:Yes

A former solicitor in private practice, Ellen now teaches Legal Method and Skills, Family Law and Child Law in Cambridge.



Ellen grew up in France and then returned to London to study LLB Law, French law and French language. She volunteered at Ealing law clinic as a student and went on to do an LPC at the College of law, Store Street. She finally got a training contract in a large firm in Cambridge specialising in family law and legal aid work. She was admitted as a solicitor in August 1999.

Ellen then worked as a solicitor, doing a lot of her own advocacy. She took a break from law after starting a family but has recently assisted in actions for an occupation order, private childcare issues, a couple of divorces and given evidence in an action under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Ellen enjoys the mental discipline of law, picking apart arguments, solving problems and helping people understand law.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Basic Spanish

Research interests

  • Legal Methods and Skills
  • Family Law
  • Child Law


  • City and Guilds Ceramics 2006
  • 1998-1999 Professional Skills Course, Fast Stream, College of Law, London
  • 1996-1997 Legal Practice Course Store street, College of Law, London (Family Law option)
  • 1994-1995 Mobilite en Droit, Erasmus Year studying for the Licence en Droit at Universite de Toulouse Law Faculty. With a final year project of comparing unmarried couple’s property rights in French and English law.
  • 1992-1996 LL.B (Hons) with French Law and Language Thames Valley University, London