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Eleonore Berthelsen

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email eleonore.berthelsen@42br.com


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Eleonore Berthelsen - 42 Bedford Row

Family Law

Eleonore has 9 years experience in children law and financial remedy cases. Known for her meticulous  preparation and analytical approach, she is a tenacious advocate who appears before all levels of judge in the Family Court. She regularly gives talk to solicitors and social workers. She has a particular interest in the international and cross-cultural aspects of family law.


As a child law practitioner, Eleonore acts for local authorities, parents, intervenors and children in both private and public law matters. Approachability and a sense for cultural nuance enable her to get the best out of clients. Her ever-growing children law portfolio includes cases featuring:

  • Intractable contact disputes
  • International relocation
  • Domestic violence, neglect and emotional abuse of children
  • Sexual violence
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Fabricated or induced illness
  • Deaf parents
  • Complex mental health difficulties
  • Adoption disruption
  • The deaths of children
  • Deprivation of liberty. 

She is a member of the Barristers Panel for local authorities in North Wales.

Financial Remedies

Eleonore is regularly instructed in financial remedy and trust matters, an area where she is valued for being persuasive, practical and tough. Her experience includes:

  • Representing clients at court from FDA to final hearing
  • Advising on settlements
  • Orders for interim maintenance, freezing injunctions, legal costs and to set aside transactions
  • Disputes relating to inheritance and property acquired post-separation
  • The contested ownership of business assets
  • Third party interests in matrimonial property
  • Applications under TOLATA arising from property disputes between cohabitees.

Education and Memberships

  • Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University
  • B.A. Hons History, Cambridge University
  • City University, CPE/GDL
  • Middle Temple - Queen Mother Scholarship for the GDL and BVC, City University scholarship
  • FLBA
  • Northern Circuit
  • Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques


  • 'Eleonore has been superb in not only her oral representation during proceedings but also at getting to grips with the issues in the case quickly. She has been highly praised by clients we have worked with for her thorough, logical approach, as well as the reassurance and empathy she has displayed. I would not hesitate to recommend her.' (Client testimonial 2022)

Other information

Eleonore is the recipient of a number of scholarships from the Inns of Court. In 2016 she was selected to take part in the Pegasus Paris Bar exchange scheme. She spent a month at a law firm specialising in matrimonial finance. In 2018-2019, Eleonore spent a sabbatical year in Paris, in the course of which she undertook an internship at a law firm specialising in international commercial arbitration with a focus on Africa.

Languages: fluent Norwegian and French, proficient Spanish.

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