Elaine Heywood

Legal director and Data Protection Manager
Contact details

023 9253 0356

Clients admire her 'no-nonsense approach' and add that she 'has a good grasp of detail but has an eye on strategy.

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2014

Elaine deals with a variety of risk and compliance issues, specialising in professional negligence, issues arising from the SRA Code of Conduct, risk management, data protection and regulatory matters.

Main areas of practice

With over 30 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution, Elaine’s main area of practice is professional negligence claims and complaints and advising on risk management and regulatory issues. She also advises on data protection.


Elaine has a degree in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews. She joined the firm in 1996 from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain having first trained as a solicitor in the City with Norton Rose. In 2002, Elaine was awarded an LLM in Advanced Litigation with distinction from Nottingham Law School. She also holds a BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Contact details

023 9253 0356

Significant Experience

  • Professional negligence: Elaine resolves professional negligence claims and advises on risk management and regulatory issues.
  • Commercial litigation: She has resolved complex commercial and contractual disputes by litigation or alternative dispute resolution and mediation.
  • Media law: She has acted for individuals, companies, charities and publishers advising on defamation, privacy, data protection and media-related issues.
  • Finance litigation: She has acted for finance clients in relation to consumer credit and finance disputes.

Additional Expertise

Seminars/training: Elaine has spoken on data protection, defamation, publishing law, reputation and risk management and also delivers bespoke training sessions for clients and staff.


Elaine gives authoritative advice and instils complete confidence.

The Legal 500 UK 2013

Elaine is absolutely excellent at what she does, she knows exactly what's going on and has a great eye for detail.

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2013
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