Elizabeth Hodgetts > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS

Work Department

St Philips Employment


Elizabeth practises exclusively in employment law and employment-related civil litigation. She is regularly briefed by government bodies, local authorities, NHS Trusts, educational institutions and private sector employers, including blue chip companies. She also welcomes instructions from claimants. Her Employment Tribunal practice includes the full range of discrimination claims, including complex and high value claims involving assertions of historical allegations and psychiatric injury arising from discrimination, whistleblowing claims, equal pay, collective consultation and trade disputes including claims involving administrations and insolvencies, TUPE disputes, breach of contract claims including enhanced redundancy and commission disputes, and significant unfair and wrongful dismissal claims. She is regularly briefed to appear in multi-week hearings. Elizabeth also advises and represents in employment-related High Court and County Court litigation, including breach of contract claims and restrictive covenant claims in which injunctive relief is sought.


Called to the Bar in 1998; Middle Temple; appointed to Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel in 2012; reappointed 2018.


Employment Lawyers Association (currently Midlands Regional Representative)


Mansfield College, University of Oxford (BA Hons, exhibitioner; MA); Middle Temple (Harmsworth scholar and exhibitioner).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Elizabeth HodgettsSt Philips Chambers ‘Elizabeth is an outstanding practitioner. She is particularly good at getting to grips with the intricate details of a case in a short time, always being one step ahead of her opponent and being both practical and approachable with clients.’  

St Philips Chambers has a ‘vast employment department’ with ‘a large number of counsel available at varying levels of expertise’. ‘Outstanding employment law expert’ Edmund Beever heads the department and recently handled a case related to fraudulent accounting and whistleblowing dismissal. Sophie Garner is ‘extremely able and a superb communicator’ and recently successfully defended a high-profile academy against claims of whistleblowing and disability discrimination. Elizabeth Hodgetts is always ‘methodical and thorough’ and recently secured a favourable verdict for a university in a case involving claim of unfair dismissal by a former warden and lecturer.