Elizabeth Forrester

Elizabeth Forrester is a Trainee solicitor at Birnberg Peirce – a legal aid and civil rights law firm which represents those who are most disadvantaged within society, helping them to defend their rights when faced with criminal charges. Her particular focus is on SIAC and TPIM cases, legal procedures involving secret evidence heard by the courts in closed proceedings. Many of the clients she works with are often victims of torture, challenging their return to a place where further torture is likely. Elizabeth has completed various placements with human rights organisations, both in the UK and abroad. This included: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights; National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV); and the Free Representation Unit (FRU). Elizabeth is involved in the campaign against legal aid cuts. Elizabeth is also a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and Young Legal Aid Lawyers, and an elected member of the Executive of the Haldane Society.