Ellie started her working life as an art historian having gained a Masters degree in the History of Modern Art from the University of Manchester. For some four years after that she worked at Manchester Art Gallery as a front of house and exhibition assistant as well as giving lectures to university undergraduates and diversity groups in art history.
At 26 she went back to University to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course during which time she also worked as a paralegal at a firm specialising in serious crime. Ellie qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and realising that she had a real passion for advocacy, she qualified as a Higher Court Advocate allowing her to represent those charged with criminal offences in the Crown and Higher Courts of England and Wales. During her career, Ellie has enjoyed managing teams of lawyers and training paralegals and solicitors in criminal practice. She specialises in defending serious crime including murder, large scale drugs conspiracies, complex fraud and sex offences both as solicitor and Higher Court Advocate. She has always committed herself to a high level of client care. She is extremely approachable and her clients always feel supported by her during their incredibly difficult times. She now finds herself at Garratts where she has been Head of the Criminal Department for the last year and looks forward to many years to come working with clients in the local community and across Greater Manchester
Outside of work, Ellie enjoys family life with her husband and daughter. She writes and plays music on piano and guitar and loves cracking out a tune on Saturday nights, no doubt to the distain of her neighbours, Len and Maureen.