Elkan Abrahamson

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Director & Head of Major Inquests & Inquiries

For information regarding Covid-19 Public Inquiry, please see our dedicated page here

With a Statutory Public Inquiry into Covid underway, it is vital that bereaved family members, who have lost loved ones, get the answers they need. If you have lost someone, we encourage you to take the next legal step in our fight for justice. To take part in the Inquiry as a Core Participant, join the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group for the right to free legal representation.

How can I help you?

I specialise in major public Inquiries and Inquests and in challenging decisions made by authorities like City Councils and Government. I am currently representing the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group in the Covid Inquiry and I’m proud to have represented 20 families during the Hillsborough inquests and continue to support them in the aftermath, I have also acted for families involved in the Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest and The Manchester Arena Bombings Inquiry. I provided pro bono consultancy to one of the family firms involved in the Grenfell Inquiry.

A little about me.

I’m a firm believer that people struggling with powerful bodies need empowering. We all need to be able to ‘speak truth to power’ without fear of the consequences. I’ve spoken out about Hillsborough.

I’ll continue to seek justice and protect those in need, with an ongoing passion to promote and help deliver ‘The Accountabily Bill’ (also referred to as the Hillsborough Law, introduced to Parliament under the 10-minute rule on 29th March 2017), a piece of legislation that aims to make it a legal duty for public authorities and public servants to tell the truth. I will continue to campaign for Hillsborough Law until it is enacted, and bereaved families no longer have to suffer unnecessarily at the hands of public authorities.

My experience.

My earliest experience of controversial cases started with my work arising from the 1981 Toxteth riots and subsequently, enabling many of those wrongly arrested to sue the police for abusing their powers. I’ve also fought for prisoners’ rights having argued for them to have access to voting, condoms and artificial insemination. I followed two years practising in Hong Kong with various civil rights firms in Liverpool and joined Broudie Jackson Canter in 2010.

I’m Chair of Trustees for ‘The Bloom Appeal’, a charity dedicated to helping patients with blood cancer. I am a previous member of the Law Society Children’s Panel and continue to act as an advocate in complex care and family proceedings. I am also a founder trustee of a new charity which is being set up to support victims of terrorism.

From 1st September 2019 I will be a non-executive director of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Accolades:
  • Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year in 2013.
  • Outstanding achievement at the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.
  • Rule of Law award winner alongside Marcia Willis Stewart in the 2016 Halsbury Legal Awards.
  • In 2017 I was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Liverpool.
  • Freedom of Liverpool Honour awarded by Liverpool City Council in 2022.