“People have withdrawn claims after his cross-examination”
Chambers & Partners 2019
Experience & expertise
Elliot acts for both claimants and respondents in heavyweight discrimination and whistleblowing actions.
Over the past few years, Elliot has acted in some of the biggest claims brought in the history of a number of forces.
He has acted successfully for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset, leading a junior counsel, in the biggest discrimination action in the constabulary’s history and then again in a subsequent discrimination and whistleblowing claim involving some of the same officers. He was instructed by Bedford constabulary in one of their largest whistleblowing claims. He has acted in major actions for Wiltshire police and West Yorkshire Police where he has been instructed as junior to John Beggs QC.
Elliot successfully defended Hertfordshire Constabulary in one of the biggest whistleblowing and discrimination claims in their history, Greater Manchester Police in a whistleblowing and discrimination claim involving senior officers (up to chief officer rank) and continues to act in an ongoing and sensitive whistleblowing action for them. He is currently instructed by Thames Valley Police in a sensitive discrimination claim, involving matters of public interest immunity.
Elliot acts generally acts in cases lasting at least two weeks and is always keen to be involved at an early stage and to help shape the response. He understands the difficulties caused to organisations and, in particular public authorities, by the bringing of claims and the consequent stress felt by colleagues and employees. He is adept at de-escalating tension, reducing friction and positively giving confidence to his client’s witnesses.