“People have withdrawn claims after his cross-examination”
Chambers & Partners 2019
Police discipline and misconduct:
Elliot is an experienced advocate in both police misconduct hearings, Police Appeals Tribunal and judicial review. He has acted alone when presenting cases against multiple officers, was junior counsel in the Metropolitan Police and West Midlands ‘Plebgate’ misconduct hearings.
Elliot’s knowledge of discrimination and employment law results in his frequent instruction in cases involving harassment whether on grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation or disability. He often refocuses actions away from a typical criminal-law approach towards one more compatible with employment and discrimination law. He has advised the Metropolitan Police in the substantial independent review of its police grievance and disciplinary procedures conducted by Professor Roy Lewis.
Elliot has either presented cases or acted as a legal advisor in misconduct hearings or appeals involving the following:
- Deaths in custody;
- Deaths after a failure of police officers to obtain or provide medical assistance;
- Corruption, involving confidential information sources;
- Computer misuse;
- Dishonesty encompassing fraud, including matters involving disability defences based upon the Equality Act 2010;
- Discrimination and/or harassment.
Civil actions in the County Court and High Court:
Elliot has defended numerous civil claims involving unlawful arrest / detention / assault, misfeasance and malicious prosecution. He has further advised in very sensitive claims involving confidential human intelligence sources, informants and claims of breach of articles 2 and 3 for alleged inadequate investigation into victims of trafficking.
Elliot has acted in a number of hearings relating to the lawfulness of police searches, seizures and warrants and their related High Court and/or County Court substantive actions for damages. Other work has included the lawfulness, accuracy and damages claims surrounding enhanced criminal record disclosures and Data Protection Act claims.
Elliot has particular experience in cases involving police powers and mental capacity. He has advised the College of Policing on police powers in hospitals, as part of general advice for all forces.
Elliot has acted in all manner of inquests. He has experience of representing the prison service, police constabularies and medical professionals both in article 2 and in standard inquests. He was part of the legal team defending the match commanders in the Hillsborough inquest.
Elliot is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners for police law and is listed as a leading junior by The Legal 500 for professional discipline and regulatory (including police law).
Chambers & Partners praises his “precise, prepared and considered approach” while The Legal 500 notes that he is “involved in sensitive police discipline cases.”
General police matters:
Elliot has been instructed in cases involving police pension entitlement, police injury awards, personal injury claims by officers against their constabulary, PCC elections.