Ms Catherine Ellis > Chambers of Oba Nsugbe KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe KC
Pump Court Chambers


Catherine has a wealth of experience in both public and private law family matters. She enjoys a varied practice – accepting instructions from parents, guardians and local authorities alike, which enables her to bring invaluable insight to every client’s case.

Catherine is instructed in complex children act matters, such as those involving fabricated and induced illness, sexual abuse or those involving international issues. In 2012 Catherine spent a year as an in-house advocate for a London borough, representing the borough in child protection matters, as well as cases concerning education and judicial review. She also has experience of work in housing and property disputes, employment law, social welfare law and personal injury.

Catherine displays good judgment, is pragmatic and is committed to delivering sound advice. Her people skills are excellent, as is her ability to understand her clients’ needs and present them effectively to the court. Catherine has experience in the appeal courts, but generally prefers to achieve success at first instance.

Catherine also accepts instructions under the Bar Council Public Access scheme.


Reported cases: 

  • RE B (CHILDREN) [2019] EWCA Civ 2265 (Successful defence of HHJ Simon Oliver’s welfare evaluation in care proceedings.)
  • RE O (A CHILD) [2013] EWCA Civ 1773 (Appeal by a maternal grandmother against the making of a prohibited steps order alongside a special guardianship order preventing her return with the child to her country of residence).
  • G v G [2006] EWCA Civ 1670 (Appeal against sentence following committal – 12 months excessive, reduced to 8. Judge had erred by failing to allow Counsel to mitigate.)


Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple


LLB (Sheffield)


Music, theatre and cooking

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Catherine EllisPump Court Chambers ‘Catherine is an experienced and understated counsel who gives everything to the cases she is working. She is detail orientated and capable of working under extreme pressure in complex matters.’