Eleanor Midwinter


About Eleanor Midwinter

Eleanor mainly works for companies operating within international trade, energy and shipping. Her key sectors include physical commodities (primarily oil, biofuels, LNG and agricultural products), shipbuilding, yachts and trade sanctions. Eleanor's dispute resolution work includes mediation, international arbitration, English litigation and worldwide enforcement. She also regularly advises on contracts and compliance issues for clients in her specialist sectors. Eleanor is known for providing a very practical approach to advice and drafting. Eleanor regularly hosts seminars at WR and at industry events. She is known as a lively and engaging speaker.

Client testimonials refer to Eleanor as a lawyer who is "incredibly astute and dedicated - she goes above and beyond"; "a professional and knowledgeable lawyer who is responsive and cares about the client’s full understanding of the case"; and someone who "likes to get into the nitty-gritty of cases, but without ever losing sight of the bigger picture". Eleanor is ranked as a 'next generation partner' by Legal 500 for both physical commodities and shipping, and as 'up and coming' by Chambers in physical commodities.

If you would like further details of Eleanor's work experience and reported litigation cases please get in touch.

Work experience
  • 2021 -

    Partner, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 2020 - 2021

    Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 2017 - 2019

    Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 2008 - 2017

    Senior Associate (previously associate/trainee), HFW LLP

  • 2007 - 2008

    LPC, BPP Law School, London

  • 2004 - 2007

    Bachelor of Laws (First-class honours and Chancery Prize), Newcastle University

Selected projects
  • Salt Ship Design AS v Prysmian Powerlink SRL [2021] EWHC 2633 (Comm), Shipbuilding

  • Capstan Capital Partners LLP v Rickmers Holding AG [2017] EWHC 1560 (Ch), Financial

  • BP Gas Marketing Ltd v La Societe Sonatrach [2016] EWHC 2461 (Comm) , Energy

  • DGM Commodities Corp v Sea Metropolitan SA (The Andra) [2012] EWHC 1984 (Comm) , Shipping

  • Markerstudy Insurance Co Ltd v Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd [2010] EWHC 281 (Comm), Insurance

Honor awards
  • 2022

    Up and Coming (Commodities Disputes), Chambers & Partners

  • 2022

    Next Generation Partner (Commodities Disputes), Legal 500

  • 2022

    Next Generation Partner (Shipping), Shipping

  • 2021

    Rising Star (Shipping), Legal 500

  • 2021

    Recommended (Commodities Disputes), Legal 500