EJ Johnston Hawke

Email: ej.johnstonhawke@steelandshamash.co.uk

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. 


EJ has previous parliamentary law experience through working as a Legal Assistant at the Office of Speaker’s Counsel, the legal team at the House of Commons. She has 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. 


At Steel & Shamash EJ is involved in relief and leave to pay applications relating to election expenses, as well as election petitions. Her recent work with Gerald Shamash includes obtaining a non-party costs order against UKIP regarding defamatory remarks made by UKIP MEP Jane Collins about three Labour MPs. 


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.