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Elizabeth is a leading healthcare lawyer with extensive experience of representing mental health patients and their families. Elizabeth has represented clients in Court of Protection proceedings and before the Mental Health Tribunal for over a decade.

Elizabeth transferred to the Bar and joined Doughty Street Chambers in January 2024 after a very successful career as a solicitor with Higher-Rights of audience. Her experience as a solicitor means that she is uniquely placed to understand the needs of professional and lay clients. She is noted by clients for her experience and sensitivity when dealing with cases involving complex mental health issues and disabilities.

Elizabeth has a varied practice before the Court of Protection with a particular focus on health and welfare cases. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, family members and clinicians to advise on complex cases involving deprivation of liberty, residence, care, contact, and medical treatment. She has a particular interest in cases involving an overlap in legal framework between the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.

Elizabeth has in-depth experience of representing those detained under the Mental Health Act at all levels of security. She has a particular interest in forensic cases, and is regularly instructed by those detained under forensic sections, including in high profile matters.

Elizabeth regularly represents families in inquest proceedings involving deaths in psychiatric detention, as well as associated Human Rights Act claims.

Elizabeth also has a general healthcare and public law practice and was involved in high profile litigation during the pandemic, representing individuals with learning disabilities in judicial review proceedings related to Covid-19 vaccine prioritisation, and advising on visiting restrictions in supported living settings. 

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in the UK in 2013, Elizabeth began her legal career in Europe, where she completed placements at the European Ombudsman, Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights. She was awarded the Peter Duffy Human Rights award by Lincoln’s Inn in 2010.

What Others Say

Chambers & Partners 2024

"Elizabeth is an excellent litigator. She has a lot of empathy towards her clients and is very detailed in her approach. She really sees things in a way that gets the best for the clients - I think she is a first-class lawyer."

“She is extremely well prepared, with sound judgement and a depth of knowledge of the legal issues in complex Court of Protection cases."

"Elizabeth is very bright and a delight to work with."

"She managed an emotional situation for us very well. She communicated really well with the other side as well."

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Elizabeth is one of the top mental health lawyers in the country. Her ability to marshall the facts and law, and then construct a strong and persuasive case from it, never fails to impress”

“very impressive, organised, and great with clients. She’s reasonable and firm with her advice, and is a really good team player

“She communicates well and isn’t shaken in the face of difficulty. I have immense respect for her, and she has made a genuine difference to disabled people made vulnerable during the pandemic”

Reported Cases

Elizabeth’s reported cases include:

Seminars and training

Elizabeth regularly provides training to other lawyers and clinicians on mental health and mental capacity law. She is always happy to discuss delivering bespoke in-house training.

Elizabeth will shortly be recording a mental health law update for MBL which will be available for viewing from 23 April 2024: Mental Health Law Update - Recent Developments Explored - Webinar