Elkan currently has spent the last 3 years representing 20 of the Hillsborough families in the recent inquests; he continues to represent them in the aftermath. He also now acts for one of the families in the Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest.

A vocal campaigner, he has spoken out about Hillsborough regarding the duplicitous nature of the South Yorkshire Police’s (SYP) statements, misleading amendments to statements, the loyalty of the government of the day to SYP as a result of their support during the miners’ strike, dubbing the subsequent cover-up a ‘litany of failures’.

Elkan is a specialist in prisoners’ rights law with emphasis on lifers. His work has encompassed arguing for prisoners to have access to voting, condoms and artificial insemination.

His experience of controversial cases started with his work arising from the 1981 Toxteth riots and subsequently , enabling many of those wrongly arrested to sue the police for abusing their powers .

He has conducted numerous leading cases including Dickson v UK (ECHR case re: artificial insemination facilities for prisoners); Hirst v UK (ECHR case re: prisoners’  right to vote); Watkins v Home Office (House of Lords case re: Misfeasance in Public Office). He is currently pursuing a campaign through the British and European Courts and with the European Council of Ministers to compel the Government to enable voting rights for prisoners. He is also promoting a ‘Hillsborough Law’ ( introduced to Parliament under the 10 minute Rule on 29th March 2017)  to compel public officers to tell the truth.


Born: Liverpool

Education: Law degree, Jerusalem; Masters in Law, London School of Economics

Previous experience: Training contact in Liverpool, admitted 1983; two years practising in Hong Kong; various civil rights firms in Liverpool; joined Jackson Canter 2010.

Accolades: Outstanding achievement at the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards; Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year in 2013.