Elaine Freer



Elaine is away from Chambers until December 2019

Elaine joined chambers in October 2016, following the successful completion of her pupillage.
During pupillage she defended in a range of criminal matters, and away from court, she worked on disclosure in Operation Hornet, a large-scale fraud tried in autumn 2016. She is a member of the CPS Advocates Panel at Grade One and a member of the Government Legal Department's 'Junior Junior' scheme.

Since gaining tenancy Elaine has become a Grade 2 Prosecutor for the CPS. She has also been instructed to prosecute on behalf of BEIS, Afterthefact, Croydon Borough Council and Brent Trading Standards. She continues to defend in a wide range of matters in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and has appeared before the Court of Appeal.

Prior to pupillage Elaine completed a PhD at Keele University on an ACORN scholarship in September 2015. This was jointly funded by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and Keele University, examining the extent to which a professional organisation such as an Inn of Court could influence its profession’s demographic. The research focussed on the provision by Inner Temple of the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, a scheme aiming to increase socio-economic diversity amongst new entrants to the profession through the provision of work experience in the form of mini-pupillages. A book based on the resulting PhD thesis will be published in March 2018 by Routledge.

Elaine combined her PhD with being a College Teaching Associate at Robinson College, Cambridge where she supervised undergraduates in Criminal Law and Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System. In October 2016 she returned to Robinson on a part-time basis. She combines practice with being a Fellow and part-time College Teaching Officer in Law. She is on the defence advocate panel for students accused of disciplinary offences at Cambridge and is particularly interested in the crossover between disciplinary and criminal proceedings in these matters. 

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