Elliot is clerked primarily by Lee Johnson
“People have withdrawn claims after his cross-examination”
Chambers & Partners 2019
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 in seven judicial reviews – concerning production orders, data sharing, police pensions, civil injunctions, coroners costs and police discipline. He has appeared and appears alone against leading counsel.
In addition, Elliot is instructed in an ongoing inquest involving police firearms officers, a highly sensitive whistleblowing action involving undercover officers concerned in counter-gang policing, police misconduct proceedings concerning the death of a person with paranoid schizophrenia, separate police misconduct proceedings concerning multiple acts of alleged sexual violence of women over twenty years and a civil action concerning police corruption and cover-ups resulting in psychiatric injury.
Elliot also undertakes mental capacity cases in the Court of Protection He acts nationwide for a full range of clients including the Official Solicitor, Office of the Public Guardian, patients, interested persons, local authorities, hospital trusts, residential care homes and clinical commissioning groups.
Elliot’s reported cases include:
- In R (M by her litigation friend) v Chief Constable of Sussex  EWHC 975 (Admin) – compatibility of a data sharing agreement between the police and a crime reduction partnership with the Data Protection Act 1998 and 2018 and the lawfulness of individual disclosures.
- R (O’Connor) v Police Appeals Tribunal  EWHC 190 (Admin) – ambit of the grounds of appeal in the Police Appeals Tribunal.
- R (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 for police law and professional discipline.
“You can be confident he has read everything, he has a good way in conference and his understanding of police law is exceptional.”
“He is exceedingly bright and thinks outside the box.”
“He has an ability to explain complex legal issues in language that is very easy to understand.”
“He has a cool, calm and reassuring manner.”
“He is very good technically and really on the ball.”
“Incredibly bright, absolutely thorough and meticulous; his paperwork is exceptional. Outstanding academically.”
“Extremely good in terms of getting to the heart of the case and wading through large amounts of documents. People have withdrawn claims after his cross-examination.”
“He’s so meticulous and he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.”
“A phenomenal lawyer.”
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 “Actions against the Police” chapter of the APIL Personal Injury: Law, Practice and Precedents reference work, published by LexisNexis.
- Contributor to “Police Professional”.
- Consultant editor of the forthcoming edition of “Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation” (Oxford).
Elliot adopts and adheres to the provisions of the privacy notice which can be accessed here.
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Bar Council Membership No: 43623
Registered Name: Elliot Gold
VAT Registration No: 793 3704 06