Elizabeth Prochaska

Called 2007
Elizabeth Prochaska

Elizabeth is a public lawyer, with a particular interest in human rights and equality. She is ranked as “Up and Coming” in Chambers & Partners UK (2013) for civil liberties and human rights, in which she is described as “one to watch”. She represents clients in areas including prison law, immigration, inquests, education, community care, general public, information and EU law.

Able to deliver to tight deadlines, Elizabeth enjoys working closely and flexibly with solicitors and clients. She frequently advises statutory bodies, companies and NGOs on legal responsibilities, particularly under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Elizabeth was appointed to the B-Panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel in February 2015.

Elizabeth has an interest and expertise in women's rights in childbirth. She regularly advises women and health professionals in this area and is always willing to consider working for free if funding is unavailable.

Elizabeth is a co-author of the Blackstone Guide to Human Rights Act (2011), a contributing editor of Clayton and Tomlinson, The Law of Human Rights (2009) and a contributor to Human Rights and Criminal Justice (2012). She has written for the Guardian on legal issues and tweets as @eprochaska.

Before practising as a barrister, Elizabeth was judicial assistant to Baroness Hale and Lord Brown. She is a school governor of a Hackney special school.

‘named as "one to watch" by sources, who highlight her for having "a confidence well beyond her years." Prison, immigration and community care matters all fall within her ambit.’
Chambers & Partners 2013

‘making waves in the market. A lawyer who drafts beautifully.’
Chambers & Partners 2012 
Elizabeth undertakes a wide range of advisory work for organisations including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, UNISON, Crossrail, Reprieve, Privacy International, schools and universities, charities and local authorities. Her recent advisory work includes:

  • Scope of the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty to hybrid public authorities.
  • Statutory responsibility of local authorities to provide Direct Facilities Grants to disabled residents.
  • Application of the Freedom of Information Act to sensitive commercial information.
  • Implications of EU Directive on cross-border healthcare for independent midwives.
  • Compatibility with Article 6 of the MoJ’s mandatory telephone gateway to access legal aid in community care cases.

Contributor, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, 2nd ed (2012)
Co-author, Blackstone Guide to the Human Rights Act, 6th ed (2011)
Contributing editor, Clayton and Tomlinson, The Law of Human Rights, 2nd ed (2009)

Elizabeth accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.