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Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace

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Elizabeth joined Chambers in September 2018 upon successful completion of her pupillage and works across all of Chambers core practice areas. She regularly appears in the County Court and the Employment Tribunal, and has also appeared in the High Court on complex interlocutory matters. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal, and has advised on civil procedure in relation to appeals in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Before being called to the Bar, Elizabeth lectured in Japanese History at the University of Newcastle. She holds a PhD in Japanese and Korean cultural history (Trinity College, University of Cambridge), a Master of Studies in Modern Japanese Literature (Pembroke College, University of Oxford), and a Master of Arts in Japanese and Korean (St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, first class). She has also spent time at several universities in Japan and Korea, including Keio University in Tokyo and Sungkyungkwan University in Seoul.

In her spare time, Elizabeth is an advocate for improving end of life care and sits on the steering committee of Byw Nawr/Dying Matters Wales. She is an alumna of the United Word College of the Atlantic (UWCAC), where she was also previously a governor.

Employment & Discrimination

Elizabeth has a broad employment practice, and undertakes the full range of Chambers’ employment work for both Claimants and Respondents. She is adept at handling complex preliminary matters, as well as multi-day trials and appellate work, and has a particular interest in claims involving discrimination and whistleblowing.

Examples of recent employment and discrimination work includes:

  • Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd [2019] IRLR 690 (sole counsel), on defamation as a breach of a legal obligation in the context of the public interest test in whistleblowing claims
  • Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Crawford [2019] EWCA Civ 269 (led by Naomi Ling), on the interpretation of “equivalent period” of compensatory rest.
  • Defending an NHS trust in the County Court and on interlocutory appeal to the High Court (QBD) against allegations of disability discrimination in relation to the provision of services
  • Defending a major transport company against allegations of discrimination in relation to provision of services
  • Advising on an appeal to the EAT in relation to the application of the last straw doctrine
  • Ms Paul v The Black E 2414602/2018 and Ms Connell v The Black E 2410451/2018 – Successfully defending a charity against multiple whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims
  • Mr G Hurley v Suffolk County Council 3304428/2018 – Successfully representing the Claimant in a complex unfair dismissal claim where the Claimant had been wrongly accused of harming a child

Appointments & Memberships

  • British Japanese Law Association
  • ChBA
  • ConTrA
  • ELBA


  • 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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