Elizabeth’s practice focuses on immigration and housing with a particular interest in vulnerable clients. She has represented clients in asylum and human rights appeals in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and in possession, injunction, committal and disrepair claims in the County Court. She also accepts instructions for Court of Protection work.
Elizabeth came to the Bar with extensive experience of working with people subjected to persecution, torture and violence. For ten years she worked at Amnesty International in research, policy and management roles, focusing on human rights abuses in armed conflicts. Her work took her to Iraq, Yemen and the Philippines. She interviewed many people about their experiences of human rights abuse and advised on the legal and policy content of numerous Amnesty publications.
Elizabeth has also worked as a consultant for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Equal Rights Trust and Bristol, Middlesex and London Metropolitan universities. Her specialisms included using human rights law to address poverty and inequality, and the implementation and practical impact of legal judgments.
Elizabeth has undertaken pro bono work focused on violence against women for the National Centre for Domestic Violence, assisting in obtaining non-molestation orders, and for the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, identifying potential areas for strategic litigation. She has held governance roles advising the board of Amnesty International UK.
Elizabeth completed pupillage at Garden Court North in 2016, under the supervision of Ben McCormack, who specialises in Court of Protection and housing work.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Asylum and Immigration
Elizabeth appears regularly in asylum and immigration appeals in both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals. She has experience of immigration judicial review, including Dublin III cases, fee waivers and deportation.
Elizabeth appears regularly in the County Court defending possession, injunction and committal proceedings. She has also appeared for claimants in disrepair cases. She has experience of cases where litigation capacity has become an issue and is particularly interested in ensuring such clients are able to access the protections available to them.
Other Areas of Practice
Elizabeth also has experience of and accepts instructions in the following areas:
Court of Protection;
Mental Health Tribunal; and
Public Law (judicial review).
PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS
Elizabeth has been published in a number of leading academic human rights journals, including:
- Identifying Human Rights Stories - Middlesex University (July 1, 2014)
- Mechanisms for the Implementation of Decisions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights - Human Rights Quarterly (May 20, 2014)
- National Responses to Human Rights Judgments: The Need for Government Co-ordination and Implementation - European Human Rights Law Review 2012 (2012)
- Limits and achievements of the HRA from the socio-economic point of view: the HRA and Poverty - Confronting the Human Rights Act: Contemporary themes and perspectives (2012)
- Time to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child – Guardian (November 19, 2010)
- Poverty, inequality and human rights - Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2009)
- Evaluating the impact of human rights litigation on policy and practice - Journal of Human Rights Practice (2009)
- Evaluating the impact of selected cases under the Human Rights Act - Equality and Human Rights Commission (2009)
- Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict - International Journal of Human Rights (2008)
MPhil (Oxon) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies
LLM in Public International Law (Distinction) - LSE
GDL (Distinction) - University of Law, Manchester
BPTC (Very Competent) - BPP University, Manchester
Lord Diplock Scholarship - The Honourable Society of The Middle Temple (2014)
Advocacy Scholarship - BPP University (2014)