Elisabeth hails from Mountain Ash, in the Cynon Valley, and attended the Comprehensive School there. With the support of her French teacher there, she obtained a place to study Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Somerville College, Oxford - the first in her family to go on to higher education.
Having completed a post-graduate conversion course to Law, Elisabeth practised in commercial and employment law with the firm of Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard LLP), in the City of London, and with Osborne Clarke and Lyons Davidson in Bristol.
A desire to work on behalf of people who could not afford private legal fees led Elisabeth to move to Gloucester Law Centre, where she spent five extremely rewarding years as the employment specialist.
Elisabeth’s love of languages then inspired a move to France, to work at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for a further five years before returning to take up a post with the Welsh Government Legal Service in the early days of devolution. Constitutional and administrative law, including Human Rights and EU law, have been Elisabeth's speciality for the last 20 years of her career, which culminated in her appointment as Chief Legal Adviser to Senedd Cymru (then the National Assembly for Wales) in 2012.
Elisabeth retired in 2019 and now undertakes a range of voluntary work and individual projects, particularly related to broadening access to the legal profession.