Garden Court Chambers has announced that Elena Papamichael is now a member of the chamber’s criminal defence team.
Papamichael is an advocate with expertise in representing young adults and vulnerable defendants in the Crown Court, and has experience in cross-examination and technical legal points.
Previously, Papamichael worked as a solicitor at Hodge Jones and Allen in the specialist youth team, protest law team, general crime team, and as a higher court advocate at GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates.
Garden Court Chambers said social justice and racial equality are “at the heart” of Papamichael’s work. Whilst studying for her law qualifications, Papamichael volunteered for the School Exclusions Project, representing young people who had been excluded from school.
She also interned for Release, a drugs and human rights charity, and Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank.
Papamichael was a mentor at a youth project for several years and has run workshops for young people in schools, youth clubs and for the youth offending service about stop and search and the law and rights.
She was previously a director of 4front, a social enterprise that seeks to tackle the root causes of youth violence.