“He is exceedingly bright and thinks outside the box.”
Chambers & Partners
Elliot instructed to appear in judicial review concerning chief constables’ statutory obligation to record police conduct and refer it to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
experience & expertise
Elliot is instructed in evidentially and legally complex cases, some lasting over six weeks. He has represented and advised doctors, public authorities, Chief Constables and government departments. He is also instructed in matters concerning mental capacity.
There are overlaps in all areas of Elliot’s work. He has represented prisons, police and doctors in inquests. He has defended in the full range of police civil actions and prisons in respect of assaults and categorisation decisions. The police work has included advising on warrants and police pensions. Elliot has acted in cases and advised the College of Policing on police powers involving persons with mental incapacity. He has further advised PCCs on their statutory powers, election offences and obligations and competitive tendering.
Elliot has acted in large whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Some have involved complicated considerations of disabilities and, as a result, potentially vulnerable claimants.
Elliot is Direct Access accredited.
cases & work of note
In the past twelve months, Elliot has been instructed to advise and appear in five judicial reviews.
Recently, Elliot represented West Yorkshire Police in resisting an application for judicial review and an injunction against the commencement of misconduct proceedings after appointment of a fifth panel chair. He is due to appear in a judicial review hearing concerning the obligation on a chief constable to record and refer to the IPCC police conduct matters. Elliot successfully appeared in the High Court for the Lord Chancellor in the first English article 5 claim concerning the lawfulness of a High Court judge’s imprisonment of a person for contempt and is instructed to defend the decision in the Court of Appeal.
Elliot has appeared in numerous inquests for the police, prisons and medical professionals. He was part of the team representing match commanders in the Hillsborough Inquest and contributed to the final submissions.
Elliot has advised on the lawfulness of the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner, the Fairness at Work review authored by Prof Ray Lewis on police misconduct processes, police pensions, a protocol for the College of Policing on police powers and obligations towards persons lacking mental capacity, Police Federation internal processes and disclosure in the Iraqi detainee claims being heard by Legatt J. He was counsel in the Metropolitan Police and West Mercia Police ‘Plebgate’ matters and appeared for Greater Manchester Police in an IPCC directed misconduct hearing concerning the arrest of a legal observer at a fracking protest.
Elliot successfully represented the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset in the largest discrimination and whistleblowing claim in its history and similarly advised Derbyshire police on their force’s largest claim.
Published judgments are:
- R (on the application of Williams) v Police Appeals Tribunal  EWHC 2708 (Admin) – mitigation in disciplinary procedures.
- LL v Lord Chancellor  EWHC 3273 (QB) – unlawful detention arising from judicial error.
- Sweeney v Westminster Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 2068 (Admin);  Crim LR 158 – search warrants.
- L v DPP  EWHC 1752 (Admin);  ACD 108 – decisions to prosecute.
- ZH v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWCA Civ 69;  1 WLR 3021 – police powers, mental capacity.
- Durham v BAI (Run Off) Ltd  UKSC 14;  1 WLR 867 (Supreme Court) – employer’s liability insurance.
Elliot is ranked in The Legal 500 for Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law and in Chambers UK 2016 for Police law.
Clients who spoke to Chambers & Partners noted that “you can be confident he has read everything, he has a good way in conference and his understanding of police law is exceptional.” The Legal 500 comments that he is “involved in sensitive police discipline cases.”
I understand the particular concerns and anxieties of police officers, when I am instructed to represent them, and, often, witnesses who may feel assailed from all sides. I hope to pitch a careful balance between supporting individuals and giving them confidence in the face of what they perceive to be personal criticism and improper challenge to understand what actions they took in order to prepare a considered defence and realistic advice.
I work to overcome initial and sometimes well-worn nervousness and reticence, to build up a relationship with those whom I defend and to overcome initial hesitance and formality. I try to show clients how we are all part of the same litigation team and depend upon mutual trust and confidence between each other. I have found that in difficult or combative cases, being able to demonstrate assurance to those under the most pressure can relieve some of the weight and strain that they feel, enabling more productive case preparation and a more positive and constructive relationship.
“I try to show clients how we are all part of the same litigation team and depend upon mutual trust and confidence between each other”
I am a supporter of widening access to the profession and society in general and I am committed to encouraging all types of students to consider a career in law. I am a schools mentor for the Bar Mock Trial Competition held by the Citizenship Foundation, an Inner Temple mentor for bar students and an advocacy trainer for pupils and new practitioners. Early in my career, I was presented the Northern Circuit Pro-Bono award by the then Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine and I continue to volunteer regularly for cases through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
- Editor of the UK Police Law blog.
- Contributor to “Police Professional”.
- Consultant editor of the forthcoming edition of “Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation” (Oxford).
For further details of Elliot’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: 43623
Registered Name: Elliot Gold
VAT Registration No: 793 3704 06