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Dr Elizabeth Grace

Dr Elizabeth Grace

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Elizabeth joined Chambers in September 2018 upon successful completion of her pupillage. During pupillage, Elizabeth gained experience across all of Chambers core practice areas, including clinical negligence and personal injury, employment, pensions and public law.

Before being called to the Bar, Elizabeth lectured in Japanese History at the University of Newcastle. She completed a PhD in Japanese and Korean cultural history at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where she supervised students in East Asian History. She holds a double first-class degree in Japanese and Korean from the University of Oxford (St. Hilda’s College), and a Master of Studies degree in Modern Japanese Literature (Pembroke College), as well as having spent time in several universities in Japan and Korea, including Keio University in Tokyo and Sungkyungkwan University in Seoul.

She is an alumna of the United Word College of the Atlantic (UWCAC), where she was previously a governor.

Elizabeth is also an advocate for improving end of life care, and sits on the steering committee of Byw Nawr/Dying Matters Wales. She works with the National Council for Palliative Care.

Employment & Discrimination

During pupillage Elizabeth sat with Saul Margo, with whom she gained a strong grounding in all aspects of employment law from preliminary matters to appellate work. She now has a busy employment law practice, and undertakes the full range of Chambers’ employment work, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, and whistleblowing.

While still in pupillage she undertook an 11-day unled hearing in the Employment Tribunal which raised issues of discrimination, victimisation, and harassment.

Among a variety of other matters, Elizabeth is currently instructed to appear in the EAT in a whistleblowing claim.

Pensions & Trusts

Elizabeth was supervised by David E. Grant during pupillage, where she assisted with numerous pensions cases, covering issues such as rectification, estoppel and equalisation. She had the opportunity to observe a number of pensions hearings, as well as a Beddoe application.

Elizabeth also assisted Claire van Overdijk in the Court of Appeal in MN v OP (2018) on the question of privacy in variation of trusts cases, for which judgment is still awaited.

Commercial & Chancery

Elizabeth has a growing practice in this area, which includes a regular court appearances for cases involving contractual matters, including breach of contract and misrepresentation, debt claims, and property and regulatory compensation claims. She has also advised on aspects of insolvency and statutory demands.

During pupillage, Elizabeth had the opportunity to work on a broad range of commercial matters, including mortgage regulation covering both conventional and Islamic mortgages. She is currently instructed as part of the junior counsel team working on the Dame Linda Dobbs Review.

Elizabeth was led by David E. Grant in the Court of Appeal in Jones & Anor v Roundlistic Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2284, a case regarding the application of the Unfair Terms Consumer Credit Regulations 1999 to leases.

Private Client

During pupillage, Elizabeth saw a range of Chambers work in this area with Claire van Overdijk, including contentious probate proceedings. She assisted Claire in the Court of Appeal in MN v OP (2018) on the question of privacy in variation of trusts cases.

Elizabeth has a keen interest in this area, which has included delivering a talk on testamentary capacity for Chambers’ private client group.

Court of Protection

During pupillage, Elizabeth was supervised by Claire van Overdijk and was able to observe a range of Court of Protection proceedings including complex cross-border issues in health and welfare matters. She also had the opportunity to draft a range of documents for the Court, including a number of Position Statements.

Elizabeth has a keen interest in mental capacity law. She assisted Claire van Overdijk in drafting grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court in a complex case concerning the overlap between mental capacity and housing law, and has also delivered a number of talks on mental capacity, including a talk on advance decisions to refuse medical treatment with Mark Mullins, and a talk on deprivation of liberty with Tim Nesbitt QC.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

With Ben Bradley, Elizabeth has experienced a broad range of Chambers’ work in catastrophic clinical negligence and personal injury claims. During pupillage, she observed complex settlements and mediations, as well as having the opportunity to draft statements of case and schedules of loss.

Elizabeth is developing a wide-ranging practice in this area, which currently includes drafting pleadings and advice on both merit and quantum, alongside regular court hearings, including fast-track personal injury trials and infant approval settlements.

Elizabeth has appeared in a number of inquests, and is currently instructed on a complex five day inquest for AvMA and an inquest involving a neonatal death against an NHS Trust.


Appointments & Memberships

  • British Japanese Law Association


  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship – awarded for both the GDL and BPTC courses
  • City University Postgraduate Law Scholarship – awarded for both the GDL and BPTC courses
  • Domestic Research Studentship (DRS), University of Cambridge, competitive research studentship awarded to fund promising research projects across all disciplines (2009 – 2012)
  • Japan Foundation Endowment Committee (JFEC) Research Grant
  • Rouse-Ball Fund Research Grant, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (awarded twice for doctoral research)
  • College Prize, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • Lee Yun Taek Korean Studies Scholarship
  • Mitsubishi Trust Yamamuro Memorial Scholarship, Keio University
  • Allen Scholar in Oriental Studies, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • Moberly Exhibitioner, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Fund Scholarship
  • Kathleen Major Prize, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford


  • Japanese (advanced)
  • Korean (advanced)
  • French (intermediate)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • Welsh (conversational)

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