Elaine Skittrell

Called:1999 Middle Temple

Specialisms:Commercial, Personal Injury, Property

Specialisms: Financial Services, Property, Health & Safety.


Elaine is a civil practitioner noted in the Legal 500 2012 and 2013.


Primary practice areas:


Financial Services

Acts for banks and other leading financial institutions in cases which involve allegations of mis-selling of insurance, bonds and other retail products. Elaine also has expertise in consumer credit matters such as unfair relationships, enforceability of regulated credit agreements, connected lender liability (with an emphasis on satisfactory quality) and asset finance. Elaine’s cases often involve procedural aspects such as limitation, disclosure, expert evidence and costs.

Acts exclusively for insurers advising on indemnities, policy cover, liability, quantum and limitation in relation to EL, PL, PI and property damage claims.  Elaine also regularly acts for a leading insurance company in relation to subrogated claims for damages involving motor vehicles and arising out of negligence and/or bailment.



Elaine acts for mortgagees, landlords and local authorities in possession proceedings, applications for injunctions, breach hearings and committals. Elaine has particular interest in mortgagees’ powers and duties, especially cases in which there is an allegation of a sale at an undervalue.


Health & Safety

Elaine has a wealth of experience across the whole gamut of personal injury litigation and provides advice on claims arising out of the ‘six-pack’ Regulations, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the Highways Act 1980, the Animals Act 1971 and product liability claims. Elaine also has significant expertise as a trial advocate and enjoys dealing with all aspects of civil procedure including costs arguments and budgeting, applications for relief from sanctions, setting aside default judgment, resiling from admissions, specific disclosure and summary judgment/strike out applications.  In road traffic litigation Elaine has significant experience in credit hire claims.



French to degree level, working knowledge of Italian and a little German.



Co-author of a LexisNexis article discussing Alpstream AG and others v PK Airfinance Sarl and another [2015] EWCA Civ 1318, [2016] All ER (D) 05 (Jan) and its impact on mortgagees’ powers and duties.


Professional Memberships

International Bar Association