Elizabeth is a solicitor in our Public Law and Human Rights team. Her areas of practice include mental health, Court of Protection and inquests.
Elizabeth has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults and their families in proceedings before the Court of Protection. Her practice has included welfare matters, as well as cases involving deprivation of liberty and property and affairs. Elizabeth is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent protected parties. As an Accredited Legal Representative, she is also appointed to act for vulnerable adults directly in welfare cases before the Court of Protection. She obtained higher rights of audience in 2016 and regularly conducts her own advocacy before tribunals and the Court of Protection.
Elizabeth has in-depth experience of representing those detained under the Mental Health Act at all levels of security. She has a particular interest in forensic cases, and is regularly instructed by those detained under forensic sections, including in high profile matters. Elizabeth seeks to develop long term relationships with clients and is known for her attention to detail and her persistence in obtaining evidence in support of her clients’ discharge.
Besides representing mental health patients themselves, Elizabeth has advised parents, spouses, partners and other family members on their relatives’ rights when detained under the act or voluntarily admitted for care.
Elizabeth has acted for patients in civil matters involving unlawful detention and displacement of nearest relatives, and has advised on aftercare issues (such as the adequacy of services offered under section 117 of the Mental Health Act). She is developing a practice in inquests, where her mental health experience is particularly valued in cases involving the death of psychiatric patients.
Elizabeth regularly delivers training to lawyers and other professionals on mental health law and the Mental Capacity Act. She also assists in delivering the Mental Health Panel course run by the Mental Health Lawyers Association for prospective members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in the UK in 2013, Elizabeth began her legal career in Europe, where she completed placements at the European Ombudsman, Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights. She was awarded the Peter Duffy Human Rights award by Lincoln’s Inn in 2010.
Education and career
- Elizabeth completed the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School in 2010. Following this, she was awarded the Peter Duffy Human Rights Award from Lincoln’s Inn.
- She completed the Lawyers Transfer Test in 2012, and qualified as a solicitor in 2013.
- In the same year, she became an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel.
- In 2016, Elizabeth obtianed her higher rights of audience.
- In 2018, she became an accredited legal representative (Mental Capacity Act).
- Elizabeth joined Bindmans in February 2020 as a solicitor in the Public Law and Human Rights team. team, and was recognised as a Rising Star in the Legal 500.
Chambers and Partners 2023
- Elizabeth is ranked Band 1 in Mental Health: Patients.
- “Elizabeth is one of the top mental health lawyers in the country. Her ability to marshall the facts and law, and then construct a strong and persuasive case from it, never fails to impress.”
- “Elizabeth Cleaver is a healthcare solicitor with significant experience in mental health law. She primarily assists vulnerable individuals with Court of Protection proceedings and inquests concerning treatment, placement and detention.”
Legal 500 2023
- Elizabeth is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in Court of Protection.
- Elizabeth is also recognised as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in Healthcare. Feedback describes her as “an excellent solicitor. She is dedicated to her clients and has very good judgement.”
- “Elizabeth Cleaver is a stand-out solicitor. She is dedicated, driven, organised and empathetic.”
- Mental Health Lawyers Association committee member since 2018
More about Elizabeth
- Elizabeth speaks fluent French.