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Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC

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Elisabeth Acker

Work 020 7413 0353
23 Essex Street (Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC)


Elisabeth is a persuasive and precise advocate who understands the importance of client care and active case management. She practices in crime, the civil offshoots of crime and various professional discipline/regulatory arenas.

Her trial work includes arson with intent to endanger life, witness intimidation, supply Class A, burglary, robbery, threats to kill, harassment, and sexual assault. She has also worked under others in more complex cases. She was junior to defence investigations counsel, Gary Summers, in His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC trial. She was instructed by the SFO as independent counsel for the purposes of LPP in Operation Steamroller and by the FCA for the purposes of disclosure in Operation Ripley.

Having completed secondments with both, she continues to be instructed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity. She is regularly instructed to defend in professional discipline cases by the Royal College of Nursing and the National Head Teachers Union. She also has experience of police complaints and discipline.

Her article on the implications of the judgement in Jones v Kaney was published in Medicine, Science and Law and she was interviewed by Baroness Kennedy about female defendants on BBC Radio 4. She was involved in the Law Society consultation on Youth Justice, attending meetings with government representative, charities and other stake holders. She provides advocacy training at the College of Law.

Before coming to the bar she studied history at Oriel College, Oxford and worked in the music industry.


Called 2010; Middle Temple.


Middle Temple; Criminal Bar Association; Young Fraud Lawyers; YBC (committee member), Prison Reform Trust.


Oxford University, Oriel College (BA (Hons) Modern History); BBP Law School (BVC and GDL).

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Elisabeth Acker - 23 Essex StreetA great junior counsel full of energy and commitment to her client’s cases.

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