Elizabeth is an experienced advocate who has a civil and common law practice with an emphasis on health, safety & environmental prosecutions, product liability and public law, commercial litigation and employment disputes. Elizabeth appears at all levels of the civil and criminal courts, Employment and Property Tribunals and the Coroners Courts. She also assists clients in alternative dispute resolution.
Health and Safety, Environment, Inquests
Elizabeth regularly appears in health and safety matters in the Magistrates and Crown Courts. She is familiar with advising and representing clients prosecuted by enforcing authorities such as the police and the HSE throughout investigation and the court process. She has acted for individuals and businesses operating in a number of sectors including construction, transport, technology, healthcare and the public sector. She has experience of cases involving charges ranging from manslaughter to regulatory breaches of workplace health and safety to Environmental Protection Act matters including the escape of waste and contamination. Elizabeth also advises corporate clients on preventative measures directed at avoiding litigation.
Elizabeth has represented clients at inquests in the Coroners Courts, in particular rail fatalities, and is familiar with jury handling.
Product Liability and Public Law
Elizabeth has acted in a number of alleged defective product cases involving civil and criminal liabilities litigated, in the main, under Group Litigation Orders. She has particular experience of claims involving medical devices and the apportionment of liability between patients, suppliers, manufacturers, surgeons and credit providers. Elizabeth accepts instructions in a range of product liability matters both under the CPA 1987 and at common law.
Elizabeth has experience of acting in a range of judicial review and public procurement matters including tenders for contracts by large public bodies and the appropriate procedures and selection criteria. She recently appeared in the High Court in a judicial review involving the vires of the decision of a public sector adjudicator. She has been instructed in professional disciplinary cases including in a long running dispute for the General Pharmaceutical Council in a matter litigated in the High Court.
Commercial and Property
Elizabeth handles a range of commercial disputes from sale of goods and services claims to corporate and personal debts and insolvency. She specialises in claims involving banks and financial institutions with a particular emphasis on the enforceability of guarantees. She is regularly instructed by the largest lending institutions as well as by private individuals. She has worked on a number of economic torts cases including complex conspiracy, tortious interference and procuring breach of contract cases and on claims involving breach of fiduciary duties.
Elizabeth has an active property practice and is regularly instructed in a range of real property cases involving boundary disputes and trespass, restrictive covenants and easements, dilapidations and disrepair, adverse possession, bona vacantia and land registration. She acts in applications for sale and charging orders and the enforcement of security. She has advised the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence on disputed sales of and licences over land.
She advises and acts in service charge disputes in the Lands Tribunal and the drafting and enforcement of service and administrative charge clauses. She has represented landlords, local authorities and commercial tenants in disputed mortgage, arrears, anti-social behaviour possessions and injunctions, breach of covenants including contractual set off, succession rights, spouse and family claims, telecommunications disputes and trusts. She has been instructed by a number of electricity, gas, water and telecommunications service providers to advise and act in property disputes involving their estates, restrictive covenants, contractual arrangements and insurance.
Elizabeth regularly appears in Employment Tribunals acting for both claimants and respondents. She has dealt with many unfair capability and conduct dismissals, TUPE, redundancy, race and disability discrimination and harassment claims. Elizabeth was recently involved in a complex bullying and harassment claim through the course of proceedings from drafting an opinion on liability and quantum, pleadings, instructing and questioning experts and witnesses and dealing with all case management issues including retrospective policy changes. She has also acted in a number of alleged pregnancy, maternity and sexual orientation discrimination cases.
In recent years she has been instructed in a number of whistleblowing claims involving multiple claimants and has recently appeared in zero hours contract cases involving agency workers and the limits of their statutory protection. Elizabeth has particular experience of dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses. Elizabeth has done extensive work in the public sector on employee personal injury and assault claims involving alleged human rights breaches.