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.
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.