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 recently spent six months acting as a specialist inquest advocate whilst on secondment with a leading firm of solicitors. This experience provided her with a vast array of experience in this area. She is well versed in multi-day inquests involving complex issues of medicine and the law, and frequently advises clients pre-inquest as well.
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. Elizabeth appears regularly before Coroners and in the Court of Protection and has also appeared in the High Court in relation to applications under the inherent jurisdiction. 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, applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 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 and dealing with an application under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
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  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.
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Bar Council Membership No: 68739
Registered Name: Elizabeth Harper Fox