Mr Elkins has co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (the leading criminal law journal: “Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure”), he also writes the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions. Mr Elkins has also published an article in the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly on anonymity in criminal proceedings and its impact on the police caution: Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings
Mr Elkins’s first police caution removal case was over 15 years ago, when he managed to overturn a caution issued to a police officer.
From then he saw the significant impact that minor criminal allegations can have on otherwise respectable and honest people, particularly people who are professionals, or those who hope to pursue a professional career.
Mr Elkins’s second case was for a bank director, whose caution for theft, threatened to decimate his career and life. Realising the huge impact this minor allegation would have on his client, Mr Elkins fought hard to overturn the caution. Mr Elkins exposed some significant and compelling defects in the police’s case, which ultimately allowed the client to return to his life as before.
From there Mr Elkins has developed a practice specialising in police records and related matters; he deals exclusively with cases that go to the core of all professionals – their reputation. As Shakespeare would put it, we believe reputation is the immediate jewel of the soul, and we will fight hard for you to protect it.
As a business, we believe that the retention and disclosure of minor criminal allegations is very unfair, and can lead to some extremely unjust outcomes. Due to this belief and understanding of the defects in the system, we will do all we can to help redress the balance of justice.
Through our years of experience we have developed a keen understanding of the best tactics that will resolve your case with as little stress as possible, and through our always sensible and reasonable approach with the police, we believe we have developed a solid reputation for honesty and integrity. Due to our experience in this area, we are often referred cases by other lawyers, and have on a number of occasions represented lawyers who have found themselves in difficulty.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Mr Elkins was a Graduate teaching assistant at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. There he taught international human rights and public law to postgraduate degree students. Mr Elkins frequently draws on his extensive knowledge of human rights law to fight for his clients, and enjoys setting out well researched technical legal arguments.