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Eleena Misra

Call: 2001

"Incredibly busy, because she's so fantastic with clients and authoritative in court."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Eleena is hardworking and eloquent who is a trusted pair of hands when on your side. She is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a delight to work with."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Eleena is a leading employment & equalities and professional discipline & regulation barrister acknowledged in the directories as having “developed a strong reputation for handling employment disputes that require specialist knowledge of either the education or healthcare sector” (Chambers & Partners). In addition, she spent the first fifteen years of practice undertaking Commercial Law which places her in a unique position in relation to both private and public sector employers, with a substantial expertise and strategic nous in each.

She is ranked as a leader in both of her principal practice areas, which are complementary to each other and to the high-quality public law work which Eleena also undertakes.

Eleena regularly appears in Tribunals and in the High Court including at appellate level having been described as:

“An excellent written and oral advocate” (The Legal 500)

“Extremely clever and robust, and extremely thorough.”(Chambers & Partners)

“A very logical and methodical barrister who provides excellent advice, both legal and strategic.” (Chambers & Partners)

Eleena was at Littleton Chambers from 2001 to 2017 during which time she founded and headed up the professional discipline & regulation group. She moved to Old Square in April 2017 and became an active member of its healthcare team in particular.

In a market crowded with barristers, clients have said, time and again, that Eleena’s strength is her nuanced understanding of how best to apply intelligent solutions to essentially human problems. This depends on careful legal analysis and a way of dealing with parties, clients and witnesses which is borne of years of experience. Clients who regularly seek her advice or advocacy skills span the full range from City banks to public sector organisations, including the NHS and universities, from Formula One media personalities to charities. Indeed, many of her high-profile cases stay out of court (and the press) altogether because of the careful and strategic advice she has given at an early stage, thereby also saving costs. Eleena has resisted being pigeon-holed as a public or private sector barrister and uses her experience of acting for both, as well as being advocate for claimants and defendants alike, to great tactical advantage.

Eleena is known for her ability to assimilate complex material swiftly and to provide strategic and commercially astute advice. Highly approachable and hands-on, Eleena is valued by solicitors for her calm approach to even the most time pressured and stressful litigation, including short-notice injunctions, as well as sensitive client handling skills. At these stressful times, the directories note that she:

“Works tirelessly, quickly grasps the key issues in a case and has a fantastic client manner.”(The Legal 500).

Eleena has breadth and depth of expertise in cases with a medical dimension, having acted for numerous health practitioners, the NHS and associated agencies. These cases have included CESR applications and appeals, fitness to practise concerns, injunctions, actions in the QBD and judicial review, as well as high-profile inquests.

Eleena is equally at home with cases which have a commercial angle, including business information protection or team move cases, having obtained and defended a high number of applications for injunctions in this field of law for many years.

When time permits, Eleena offers lectures and training in all areas of her practice.

She is a co-author of Blackstones’ Employment Law Practice (OUP 2020) as well as having written for and contributed to several leading texts over the years, including Atkins on Equal Opportunities and Employment.

Outside of work, Eleena can be found enjoying time with her young family, travelling, supporting and participating in the performing arts and working on projects close to her heart.

Eleena speaks French and Oriya and has a working understanding of Hindi.

Appointments & Other

  • Eleena is Vice-Chair of the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council.
  • Eleena is an Advocacy Trainer for Middle Temple and Bar Mentor, as well as a qualified Pupil Supervisor.
  • Over several years, Eleena has been an author of Blackstones’ Employment Law Practice (OUP).
  • Eleena founded the first female barristers’ Lean-in Circle in the country and is active on numerous equality and diversity projects, including in relation to maternity rights.

Professional Recommendations

 

“Incredibly busy, because she’s so fantastic with clients and authoritative in court.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“A powerful advocate who puts her client’s case forcefully and persuasively in court, and deals with sensitive issues in a compassionate and realistic manner.” “Eleena is hardworking and eloquent who is a trusted pair of hands when on your side. She is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a delight to work with.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Extremely clever and robust, and extremely thorough.” “A very logical and methodical barrister who provides excellent advice, both legal and strategic.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Works tirelessly, quickly grasps the key issues in a case and has a fantastic client manner” “Extremely hard-working and empathetic.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Really clever, bright and efficient. she produces fantastic written work and great advocacy.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“Reliable and supportive with extraordinary attention to detail.” “Her attitude and passion for the law shines through.”

Legal 500 2018

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Administrative and Public Law

Commercial Law

Investigations

Inquests & Public Inquiries


Recent and current work

Relevant Work

Key contacts

Graham Smith

Deputy Senior Clerk
Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 gsmith@oldsquare.co.uk

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings 0207 269 0303 jennings@oldsquare.co.uk
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