Elaine joined the SL5 Legal team in February 2020. Elaine is a civil litigation solicitor specialising in judicial reviews, civil claims and inquests.
Elaine’s work is often of the most sensitive nature. Her practical but sincerely caring approach ensures her clients’ voices are always heard and that they feel informed during complex legal proceedings.
Elaine started her career as a paralegal at Tuckers Solicitors where her hard work and determination were rewarded with a training contract. She trained in the civil law team, working on civil claims against the police and judicial reviews. Elaine qualified as a solicitor in 2014.
Elaine has represented many prisoners on issues of unlawful segregation. This has included bringing judicial reviews to get her clients out of segregation and bringing civil claims for damages and declarations under the Human Rights Act, where prisoners have been segregated unlawfully for long periods of time.
Elaine is experienced in advising on and representing prisoners in civil claims following incidents of assault or mistreatment by prison officers. Elaine also advises on civil claims where prisoners have suffered harm or serious injury at the hands of other prisoners and where the prison has failed to protect them. She also represents families at inquests following deaths in custody and acts in civil claims arising from deaths in custody.
Elaine has an incredible eye for detail, enabling her to assess and dissect the most complex of cases and handle the most delicate of situations. She has a wealth of experience in challenging unlawful decisions in a prison context, resulting in a positive effect on her clients’ ability to progress through the prison system.