Tracey Elliott

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7304

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LLB (Birmingham), LLM (UCL), PhD (QMUL), Barrister (Gray’s Inn)

I joined the School of Law in 2010. After graduating from Birmingham University, I was called to the Bar and practised from 4 Paper Buildings and 9-12 Bell Yard, specialising in criminal litigation and advisory work and acting for both prosecution and defence. I remain a (non-practising) door tenant at 9-12 Bell Yard.

I have worked as a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and as a visiting lecturer/teacher at City University, the University of Surrey, King’s College, London and the LSE. I have lectured to the legal and medical professions and assisted with advocacy training at Gray’s Inn.

I have also worked in Poland, lecturing to Polish judges, prosecutors and Ministry of Justice officials on the UK legal system. My PhD thesis examined the development and use of the justification of necessity in medical law. My current research projects relate to the treatment and care of  vulnerable adults and those who lack capacity.


  • “Pursued by the ‘fat police’? The obesity ‘epidemic’ and the criminal law”, chapter in: A.M. Viens, J. Coggon and A. Kessel (eds.), Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice, CUP. In press, forthcoming (August 2013).
  • “Negligence and Resource Issues”, chapter, in:  J. Tingle and A. Cribb (eds.), Nursing Law and Ethics, Blackwells, 4th edition. In press, forthcoming (August 2013).
  • “Incapacitated Persons and Deprivation of Liberty: Surrey County Council v. CA, LA and MIG and MEG , P (otherwise known as MIG) and Q (otherwise known as MEG) v. Surrey County Council, CA and LA” (2011) 19 Medical Law Review 636-645.
  • “Preventive Screening: Providing Peace of Mind, or Looking for Trouble?” (2011) 3.2 Amsterdam Law Forum 213-236.
  • “Deprivation of Liberty and the Mental Capacity Act 2005: G v. E, A Local Authority and F”, (2011) 19 Medical Law Review 132-139.
  • “Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Surgery and the Limits of Consent” (2009) 17 Medical Law Review  149
  • With Professor David Ormerod: “Acts and Omissions: A distinction without a defence” (2008) 39 Cambrian Law Review 40


  • Health care law
  • Mental health law
  • Legal history (particularly in relation to medico-legal issues)
  • Criminal law
  • Evidence

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