Elizabeth Fox

Call 2017

Overview

Drawing on her background in human rights and medical law, Elizabeth’s practice covers Court of Protection, civil actions against the police, education law, clinical negligence and inquests.  She is both tenacious as an advocate and approachable to clients, with an ability to adapt to rapidly evolving circumstances in complex cases.

Elizabeth is clerked primarily by Tom O’Connor Joe Ralph and James Gordon

Elizabeth’s cross-examination in a recent inquest highlighted gaps in an NHS Trust’s policies, which led to the Trust improving their safeguarding procedures.

Elizabeth Fox and James Berry write in the Financial Times Adviser: How to protect the elderly from financial abuse. Read the article here.

EXPERIENCE& EXPERTISE

Elizabeth is currently developing her expertise as a specialist inquest advocate whilst on secondment with a leading firm of solicitors.

Elizabeth completed pupillage at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers under Richard Partridge, Conrad Hallin and David Lawson. During pupillage she gained experience in drafting pleadings and advising individuals, NHS Trusts, local authorities and police forces. Elizabeth has received instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work and appears regularly in court.

CASES AND WORK OF NOTE

In medical law Elizabeth has a range of experience in Court of Protection and inquests. She has also advised in clinical negligence cases and recently appeared in the High Court, where she successfully obtained indemnity costs on behalf of an NHS Foundation Trust.

In police law she has experience of civil actions, in particular disclosure applications and preventive orders under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Recent experience includes successfully defending an appeal in the Crown Court against a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

In education law Elizabeth gained considerable knowledge of First-tier Tribunal cases and judicial review under the supervision of David Lawson. She also advised a family in relation to a judicial review of a school admissions policy on a pro bono basis.

Before joining Chambers Elizabeth worked as a legal researcher for a range of organisations specialising in human rights. She addressed several different institutions within the United Nations in Geneva and drafted numerous publications aimed at a range of stakeholders, including state bodies and survivors of human rights violations.

During her studies, she was intrigued by the legal and ethical dilemmas arising from human rights in the medical law context. She subsequently worked at Public Health England and volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her volunteering later extended to   Vocalise, where she acted as a mentor by teaching debating skills in prisons.

Elizabeth recently published an article for the UK Healthcare Law Blog about the defence of illegality in the case of Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 1841.

 

UNIVERSITY AND HIGHER LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP — Outstanding
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP — Distinction
  • LL.M., International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex — Distinction
  • M.A., Human Rights, University College London — Merit
  • B.A. (Hons.), Political Science & Women’s and Gender Studies, Arizona State University — First

During Elizabeth’s LL.M., her dissertation received the highest mark ever provided by her supervisor, Sir Nigel Rodley. She also competed in the Leicester University Medical Law Moot, placing as a semi-finalist and winning Best Individual Oralist in the second round.

Elizabeth is an accredited mediator and finished as a Finalist at the UK Mediation Skills Competition. She also won the award of Best Newcomer.

FURTHER  INFORMATION

For further details of Elizabeth’s practice please click on the links to the left or contact a member of the clerking or client service team.

Bar Council Membership No: 68739
Registered Name: Elizabeth Harper Fox