Eleanor graduated LLB Hons (First Class) from the University of Glasgow in 1988 in which year she was also awarded (jointly) the Dr John McCormack Prize for the most distinguished graduate in law. She obtained a Diploma in Legal Practice in 1989 and thereafter qualified as a solicitor. She practised for a number of years in both private practice and local authority before entering academia in 1994. She joined Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003.
Eleanor is a Solicitor, Member of the Law Society of Scotland and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Eleanor is co-author of McManus and Russell "Delict-A Comprehensive Guide to the Law" (DUP, 2nd edn.) and has also authored the seventh edition of "Prescription and Limitation of Actions" (W Green, 7th edn.) (previously authored by Professor David Walker). The latter project was completed with the assistance of funding from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education. Eleanor is also the author of the chapters on "Breach of statutory duty" and "Prescription and Limitation" in "Delict" (SULI / W Green, 2007)). She has published extensively in the areas of delict and prescription and limitation. She has a particular interest in legal issues surrounding historic abuse.
Eleanor has experience of examining PhD candidates and chairing PhD examinations. She has been an external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate Law programmes in a number of Scottish universities.