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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.

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.

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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