Elizabeth Prochaska

Called 2007
Elizabeth Prochaska

Elizabeth is a public lawyer, with a particular interest in human rights and equality law. She is ranked as “Up and Coming” in Chambers & Partners UK (2015) for civil liberties and human rights in which she is described as “very strong, both as an advocate and in terms of her written advice - she clearly has a stellar future ahead of her. … She is technically very good, and displays keen attention to detail." She is also listed for Education Law in Legal 500 (2014).

Her areas of expertise include human rights, education, social welfare, elections, healthcare, EU and regulatory law.

She was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission B Panel in 2015.

Elizabeth enjoys working closely and flexibly with clients and delivers to tight deadlines. She undertakes a wide range of advisory work for organisations including statutory bodies, companies, schools and universities, NGOs and local authorities. 
Her recent advisory work includes:

  • Application of election law to third-party campaigners
  • Legality of the EU sanctions regime imposed on Russia
  • Lawfulness of academy school admission arrangements
  • Scope of the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty to hybrid public authorities
  • Statutory responsibility of local authorities to provide Direct Facilities Grants
  • Application of the Freedom of Information Act to sensitive commercial information
  • Implications of EU Directive on cross-border healthcare

Elizabeth has a particular interest and expertise in women's rights in pregnancy and childbirth. She founded Birthrights in 2013 and regularly advises women and health professionals in this area. She writes and lectures internationally on childbirth rights.
Elizabeth is a co-author of one of the leading textbooks on human rights law, the Blackstone Guide to Human Rights Act (2015). She has also contributed to books on prison law, human rights and criminal justice. 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.
Previous directory entries include:

‘tells it like it is’ Legal 500, 2013
‘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 & Partner 2012
Co-author, Blackstone Guide to the Human Rights Act, 7th ed (2015)
Contributor, Livingstone, Owen and Macdonale, Prison Law 5th ed (2015)
Contributor, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, 2nd ed (2012)
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.