EJ Johnston Hawke

EJ works with Gerald Shamash in the following practice areas:

  • Election law;
  • Judicial review;
  • Parliamentary rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament and Ministers;
  • Media law including defamation; and
  • General civil litigation.

Experience & Areas of Expertise

At Edwards Duthie Shamash EJ works with Gerald in providing general advice to the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee and National Constitutional Committee on disciplinary matters. She is also involved in relief and leave to pay applications relating to election expenses, as well as election petitions. EJ worked on a recent election petition concerning the interpretation of false statements of fact relating to a candidate’s personal conduct (cf. political conduct), under section 106 Representation of the People Act 1983.

EJ has previously worked with Gerald to obtain a non-party costs order against UKIP regarding defamatory remarks made by UKIP MEP Jane Collins about three Labour MPs.  She also has experience in obtaining protection against harassment orders for Members of Parliament.

Prior to joining Edwards Duthie Shamash EJ worked as a Legal Assistant at the Office of Speaker’s Counsel, the legal team at the House of Commons. She also worked at a boutique employment law firm in the City and gained employment law experience within a specialist advice team at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Before EJ embarked on a career in law she worked at a social justice think-tank and as an academic consultant at the University of Leicester, writing content for a risk, crisis and disaster management MSc module. EJ has a BA in History and an MA in Gender and International Development, both from the University of Warwick. She studied the GDL and LPC at BPP Law School.

EJ is due to qualify in February 2020.

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