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James Elliott


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James Elliott read English at the University of Leeds.

He joined us in 1997 and qualified as a solicitor in 2001.

James became a partner in 2010 and is head of the public law department.

James has been recognised as a leader in his field for a number of years by Chambers Legal Directory which notes his “remarkable confidence and drive” and in its 2012 edition that clients affirm “he is very thorough and pays great attention to detail.” “He has a mixed public law and immigration practice.  He focuses on representing those resisting a removal from the UK and those who have been detained by the state” (2014). “Has great expertise in public law matters” (2015). He is “tremendously knowledgeable.” (2016).

James represents individuals seeking to uphold their rights against the State. His particular focus is on high court challenges for those in detention and for people who are not being given adequate care by central government and local authorities. He has brought a number of successful damages claims on behalf of clients unlawfully detained by the Home Office

James is experienced in all areas of asylum and immigration work. James specialises in obtaining judicial review and injunctions for people facing removal or who are in immigration detention. He has also conducted a large number of High Court claims for individuals facing delay at the hands of the Home Office and British embassies overseas.

The Legal 500 has recognised James Elliott as responsible for the public law department and ‘has steered the group with great skill to establish a real presence in this competitive area’. (2018)

James has been a trainer for several years for ILPA. He has conducted field trips to gather evidence for country guidance cases.

Languages: Conversational French

Interests: Travel, history and Crystal Palace.