Specialist in Family Finance
Ancillary Relief, including
Details and Career
Since her call to the Bar in 1990, Elissa has become an established practitioner in her chosen field. Using a creative and innovative approach to finding solutions to client’s financial matters on divorce, she is also an experienced and principled negotiator as well as an assertive and effective advocate, being National Institute of Trial Advocacy trained. Elissa prides herself on having an ‘inclusive practice’ demonstrating approachability and sensitivity in dealing with alternative family structures. Indeed, in addition to her practice in Matrimonial Finance, Elissa is also an expert in cohabitation claims of both heterosexual and homosexual partners, including drafting cohabitation agreements at the beginning of the cohabitation and dealing with matters by agreement at its end.
Elissa is an experienced mediator having qualified in 2003 and, as of June 2012, is also an accredited Family Law Arbitrator.
Please click link to see Elissa's new (September 2012) Family Dispute Resolution Services brochure.
Elissa is NITA (National Institute of Trial Advocacy) trained and has created, designed and delivered the Family Electives on the College of Law Professional Skills Course on Advocacy, Interviewing and Negotiating Techniques as well as courses for the Continuing Professional Development of Solicitors. In addition she designed wrote and delivered Advocacy Training Courses for family practitioners in conjunction with Resolution and the College of Law.
Elissa is based in central London but is happy to travel. In her limited free time she is a formidable Scrabble player, card player and budding novel writer.
"Divorce with Dignity" article on Collaborative Law (first published in Family Law June 2005).
"Amateur Dramatics" article on advocacy best practice when dealing with a Litigant in Person or McKenzie friend. (First published in Family Law Journal October 2005)
"The Houses, the Cohabitants & a Declaration" overview of Stack -v- Dowden  EWCA Civ 857  1FLR 255 CA (First published in the Bill of Middlesex Spring 2006 edition, the official magazine of Middlesex Law Society)
"Cohabitation Law Reform - Long Overdue"? an examination of the recent consultation paper on financial disputes in cases of unmarried couples. (First published in the Bill of Middlesex Autumn edition 2006)
"The 'Woolfing' of family procedure: proposals for change". Reform of the FPR is underway. Elissa Da Costa looks at the potential changes and likely impact. (First published in Family Law Journal - December 2006/January 2007)
"Stack -v- Dowden Revisited" Does the House of Lords decision in Stack v Dowden bring any clarity to the current debate on cohabitation? Elissa Da Costa considers the impact of this important judgment. (First published in Family Law Journal June 2007).
“Change for the better”? In the first of her two-part overview of the Law Commission’s recommendations for cohabitation law reform, Elissa Da Costa summarises the key points and focuses on the criteria for eligibility and financial relief. (First published in Family Law Journal October 2007).
“The way forward”? In the second of her two-part overview of the Law Commission’s recommendations for cohabitation law reform, Elissa Da Costa examines the proposals for qualifying criteria, opt-out agreements and succession on death.
"The Loved-Up Divorce - how to be civil about it". Sunday Times Style Magazine 24 October 2010
Jones -v- Kernott - factsheet covering the major points. 9/11/11
Gohil v Gohil  All ER (D) 287 - note of Court of Appeal decision (first appeared on LexisPSL Family on 28/11/12)
Disclosure and the interface between criminal and family law - first published in Family Law Magazine February 2013
Arbitration to the rescue? - first published in Resolution's The Review magazine, January/February 2013
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