Elaine Strachan

Year of Call: 1995
Email Address: elaine.strachan@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01865 793736

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Overview

Elaine Strachan acts on behalf of claimants and defendants across a broad spectrum of personal injury work. She routinely undertakes advisory, pleading and advocacy work in complex claims of a high value.

Common practice areas involve Employers Liability, RTAs, Highways Act, occupier’s liability and defective products. Elaine is experienced in handling medical experts at trial and in advising on appeal.

Some recent and current cases of interest include: 

  • Occupational stress and PTSD suffered by the manager of a care facility due to aggressive behaviour on the part of a service user
  • Teaching assistant sustained injury upon being pushed by ‘autistic’ child. Liability has been resolved favourably; damages to be assessed
  • Claim against multi-national car manufacturer due to failure of airbag to deploy
  • Visitor to bar/nightclub who suffered significant head injuries upon falling over a concealed barrier/trap.

Elaine is a member of PIBA and the Oxford Medico-Legal Society.

Expertise

  • Family
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    Elaine Strachan has a busy matrimonial practice.

    Having studied at King’s College, Cambridge, Elaine was awarded a Harmsworth Scholarship and Exhibition from the Middle Temple and joined 3PB in London in 1995.

    Her work principally consists of matrimonial finance, but also includes cohabitation and civil partnership (same sex) disputes.

    Elaine has significant experience of claims involving difficult trust issues, involving assets in excess of £10 million.

    Elaine undertakes all aspects of private family law. Children cases will often involve serious and sensitive issues such as sexual abuse or removal from the jurisdiction.

    With substantial experience and a family of her own, Elaine is self-assured and calm, but firm in her style of representation.

    Her clients range from high profile individuals (who may require particular discretion) to the less wealthy. On occasions Elaine undertakes work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

  • Personal Injury
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    Elaine has extensive experience in cases involving all kinds of personal injury matters which may involve Clinical Negligence, Employers Liability, Public Liability, RTA's, Credit Hire and Industrial Disease.

    Clinical Negligence

    Elaine has a particular interest in Clinical Negligence. Recent instructions include claims ranging from medical negligence resulting in patient death to diagnostic failures in cancer screening. Such cases invariably require consideration of complex legal issues, analysis of voluminous medical records, and demand effective advisory and drafting skills.

    Astute case management is fundamental to achieving good outcomes in Clinical Negligence claims. Sensitivity to client care is essential. Clinical negligence cases in relation to which Elaine has advised and/or drafted pleadings, have always been resolved with a positive conclusion for the lay client.

    Inquests

    In addition to her civil practice, Elaine accepts instructions to attend Inquest hearings and has gained considerable experience in this field. Her attendances at the Coroner's Court have involved:

    • Article 2 inquest hearings involving death in custody and suicide
    • Road traffic inquests (on behalf of both insurer and family)
    • Pre-inquest review meetings
    • Drafting of submissions in relation to Prevention of Future Deaths Report
    • Drafting of Questions to Inquest Jury

    The investigations often demand analysis of complex medical issues and voluminous documentation, with numerous Interested Parties in attendance. Elaine is ever diligent in representing the interests of her client and tirelessly supports the fact finding exercise.

    However inquest proceedings require particular sensitivity and care; the family of the deceased are suffering the loss of a loved one. Experience has proved invaluable in handling such difficult cases.

  • Clinical Negligence
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    Elaine has a particular interest in Clinical Negligence. Recent instructions include claims ranging from medical negligence resulting in patient death to diagnostic failures in cancer screening. Such cases invariably require consideration of complex legal issues, analysis of voluminous medical records, and demand effective advisory and drafting skills.

    Astute case management is fundamental to achieving good outcomes in Clinical Negligence claims. Sensitivity to client care is essential. Clinical negligence cases in relation to which Elaine has advised and/or drafted pleadings, have always been resolved with a positive conclusion for the lay client.

    Inquests 
    In addition to her civil practice, Elaine accepts instructions to attend Inquest hearings and has gained considerable experience in this field. Her attendances at the Coroner's Court have involved:

    • Article 2 inquest hearings involving death in custody and suicide
    • Road traffic inquests (on behalf of both insurer and family)
    • Pre-inquest review meetings
    • Drafting of submissions in relation to Prevention of Future Deaths Report
    • Drafting of Questions to Inquest Jury

    The investigations often demand analysis of complex medical issues and voluminous documentation, with numerous Interested Parties in attendance. Elaine is ever diligent in representing the interests of her client and tirelessly supports the fact finding exercise.

    However inquest proceedings require particular sensitivity and care; the family of the deceased are suffering the loss of a loved one. Experience has proved invaluable in handling such difficult cases.

Academic qualifications

  • MA (Hons) (Cantab)

Scholarships

  • Harmsworth Scholar and Exhibitioner Middle Temple

Professional bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association

Direct Access

Elaine Strachan is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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