Elliot is a senior associate solicitor in the commercial litigation team.

Elliot advises on a broad range of disputes involving individualscharities, and businesses across a large number of sectors, including digital marketing, retail, property development and other legal professionals.

Elliot is recognised for his insightful, calm and methodical approach to resolving disputes.

Elliot joined Russell-Cooke as a trainee in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

Commercial litigation 

Elliot has been instructed in a broad range of disputes, including the misappropriation of property, contractual and quasi-contractual claims, misrepresentation claims, loss of chance claims, loss of profit claims, contested debt claims, disputes relating to banking facilities and guarantees, mis-selling of interest rate hedging products, costs recovery, and mediation / alternative dispute resolution. Specific examples include:

  • Acted in a substantial (£20 million) multi-jurisdictional claim for declaratory relief to set-aside a settlement on the basis of undue influence, being void for uncertainty and/or repudiatory breach by the other party.
  • Acted in a case that involves multiple parties (including states) and is multi-jurisdictional. The dispute related to a contested asset with a value of £35 million and included issues arising from 'inheritor' states, state immunity, and the validity of settlements.
  • Acted for a property investor in a claim arising from the purchase of a landmark £600 million property in central London. The property investor's former agents sought a £7.5 million commission for the introduction of the property, with a counterclaim by the our client for £48 million arising from the agent's breach of contract and negligence.
  • Acted in a number of claims brought against a major bank in relation to the mis-selling of complex interest rate hedging products to commercial property developers for development of sites of a value of £70 million with a collective claim value of £5 million.

Professional negligence for individuals and businesses

Elliot has acted in a number of professional negligence claims, including claims against solicitors, independent financial advisers, accountants, surveyors, property managers, and architects. Specific examples include:

  • Acted in a claim for £5 million brought by the corporate owner of a central London shopping centre in a claim against its professional property management team for mismanagement of the lease planning for the site.
  • Acted in a claim for £1.2 million brought by a former professional footballer against his former IFA and accountant for negligent investment advice. The claim included a requirement for our client's former advisers to account for secret commissions and issues arising from the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.
  • Acted in a claim for a client against their former matrimonial solicitors for £1.5 million arising from the former solicitor negligently advising the client about the extent of their interest in £20 million matrimonial assets, and drafting a consent application negligently resulting in a 'concluded' agreement where one had not been reached.

Fraud and asset tracing

Elliot has acted in a number of commercial fraud and asset recovery matters, which have included worldwide freezing injunctions, recovery of dissipated assets, asset-tracing and recovery, bribery allegations and fraudulent documents. Specific examples include:

  • Acted in a claim for £1.5 million against a former IFA who defrauded their clients of assets totalling £15 million. The case addressed complex issues relating to the scope and breach of fiduciary duties, deceit, the operation of constructive trusts and dishonest assistance.
  • Acted in a claim brought against the former director of a strategic land company (incorporated with the purpose of entering into land options and/or promotion agreements). The claim against the former director was based on the contested interpretation of the terms of a shareholders agreement and allegations of improper payments. Those claims amounted to £5 million. Our client pursued a counterclaim of £7 million based on unlawful termination and compensation for the undervaluation of his shareholding in the company that had been subject to an enforced fixed price sale.

Commercial corporate disputes

Elliot has acted in a number of disputes between company directors and/or shareholders, claims for breach of duty and unfair prejudice. Specific examples include:

  • Acted in a dispute relating to the sale of a travel agency business addressing a number of complex issues relating to the interpretation, implementation and unravelling of various contractual terms relating to the sale.
  • Acted in relation to a dispute with an AIM listed company relating to 'sweat equity' / share interest in the company. The claim addressed a complex intersection of contractual and restitutionary entitlement to compensation for services.
  • Acted in relation to a dispute between directors / shareholders relating to the ultimate ownership of a shopping centre. The dispute included claims for breach of duty and unfair prejudice.
  • BA History, York University
  • LLM, The College of Law London