Prior to joining Meredith Connell, Elena spent two years at a public and employment law firm specialising in public law and litigation, and also completed an internship at the Public Defence Service.
Elena now acts in and assists with various kinds of disciplinary proceedings, including prosecutions before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal, the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal, the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal. She also regularly appears in proceedings before the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Elena has experience acting in civil proceedings before the District Court and the High Court, including immigration proceedings, clean slate applications and applications for strike out, as well as appeals from decisions of disciplinary tribunals.
Elena is also an intermediate Crown prosecutor, and regularly appears in criminal proceedings before the District Court and the High Court. This includes appearing for the Crown in jury trials and in criminal appeals to the High Court.
- Acted in the prosecution of a principal who had breached professional boundaries with students (CAC v Uenuku NZTDT 2018/9)
- Appeared as junior counsel in a murder trial (R v Marinovich)
- Appeared in a High Court appeal against a decision of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal (Quiambao v Barker  NZHC 371)
- Appeared in a formal proof hearing before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal involving a lawyer who had engaged in misconduct when acting for a client in criminal proceedings (ASC1 v Arman  NZLCDT 17)
LLB (Hons, First Class)/BA, Victoria University of Wellington