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Ellie Sutherland

Trainee solicitor

Ellie Sutherland is a trainee solicitor in the prison team

Human rights Prisons

Ellie is a trainee solicitor in the human rights department’s prison team, acting for current and former prisoners and their families.

Having first joined the team in 2018 as a paralegal, Ellie assists Benjamin Burrows and Maya Grantham with their diverse caseload, with a particular focus on the areas of healthcare, discrimination and inquests. She has experience working on public law claims for judicial review, as well as private law claims for compensation under the Equality Act and Human Rights Act. She also assists Benjamin and Maya on claims for compensation arising out of clinical negligence and personal injury, and representing bereaved families in inquest proceedings following deaths in custody.


Before joining Leigh Day in 2018, Ellie studied Social Anthropology and Politics at the University of Manchester. She obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law in 2019 and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2021.

She has also volunteered at a number of human rights organisations including Liberty and Amicus ALJ.


News Article
Marta Elena Vento
Human rights Prisons Pre-inquest

Pre-inquest review into the death of Marta Elena Vento, aged 27

A pre-inquest review (PIR) into the death of Marta Elena Vento, aged 27, will be held at Dorset Coroner’s Court, at the Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth on Tuesday 9 January 2023 at 10:30am.

Blog Post
Heavily pregnant woman holding her bump
prisoner rights, prisons, women-prisons, pregnancy

Is it time to stop holding pregnant women in prison?

A harrowing report published by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman reveals major failings in the care and treatment of pregnant women in prison, following the death of a baby born at HMP Bronzefield in 2019. In this blog post, Maya Grantham and Ellie Sutherland consider the failings highlighted by this tragic case and whether it is safe to hold pregnant women in prison.

Blog Post
Jail Cell
Human rights Prisons Covid-19 Mental Health

Urgent review of COVID restrictions in prisons needed to tackle growing mental health crisis

Benjamin Burrows and Ellie Sutherland discuss the impact of COVID restrictions on the mental health of UK prison inmates