Host Organisation: Bristol Law Centre 2023

Ellis Tyrrell

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

During my undergraduate studies I was a part of the University of Plymouth’s law clinic, taking part in pro bono employment law work during the first two years of my LLB. In my third year, I joined a project in partnership with the British Red Cross teaching international humanitarian law at a local school. I have had quite a varied employment history, from ski instructing in Austria to working in a call centre for Flybe! Since 2022, I have worked as a litigation paralegal, and I completed the LL.M/LPC with the University of Law in 2023.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

Taking on pro bono work alongside my studies taught me the value and rewarding nature of assisting clients who would not otherwise have access to legal representation. I am driven by a strong sense of justice, and this type of work has always been most fulfilling to me. I am thrilled to have been accepted onto the Justice First Fellowship and work at the Bristol Law Centre, championing fairness and working to positively impact marginalised communities.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

Anything to do with women’s football; I am a Bristol City Women season ticket holder, although Chelsea FC Women will always be my number one team. I play in a casual league in Bristol and have found a wonderful community there. I love dogs, and tend to dog-sit for friends, though hopefully one day my partner and I will have a dog of our own. I also like walks in nature and visiting National Trust properties. I love reading, with murder mystery books being my favourite genre, and I enjoy board games, despite being quite competitive!

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