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 Eleanor Rowan

Eleanor Rowan

Lecturer in Law


I joined Cardiff School of Law and Politics as a lecturer in 2020. My main research interests lie in professional ethics, the lawyer-client relationship and suretyship. I have extensive research methods training and take a socio-legal approach to my research. I am currently completing my PhD with ESRC funding at the Unviersity of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Steven Vaughan (UCL) and Professor Robert Lee (Birmingham). I teach both Land and Tort at undergraduate level.



  • LLB (Proxime Accessit) Liverpool John Moores University
  • LLM University of Birmingham
  • MA Social Research University of Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods and Skills


  • Land Law
  • Tort Law


I am particularly interested in professional ethics, the lawyer-client relationship, and social mobility and gender equality in the legal profession. I also have a keen interest to further investigate the legal rules and relationships between banks/lenders and the financially vulnerable. I am currently completing my PhD which looks at how independent legal advice is delivered to surety clients 20 years on from the House of Lords' judgment in the Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge [2002] 2 AC 773.


  • '"Fitting in" and "opting out": exploring how law students self-select law firm employers' (2018) 21(3)The Law Teacher 216 (Article)
  • 'A 'Thorne' in the side for family lawyers in Australia: undue Influence and prenuptial contracts' (2018) 40(2) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 238