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Elissa Da Costa-Waldman

Barrister - Call 1990

Practice Profile


Since her call to the Bar in 1990, Elissa has become an established practitioner in her chosen field.  Using a creative and innovative approach to finding solutions to client’s financial matters on divorce, she is also an experienced and principled negotiator as well as an assertive and effective advocate, being National Institute of Trial Advocacy trained.  Elissa prides herself on having an ‘inclusive practice’ demonstrating approachability and sensitivity in dealing with alternative family structures.  Indeed, in addition to her practice in Matrimonial Finance, Elissa is also an expert in cohabitation claims of both heterosexual and homosexual partners, including drafting cohabitation agreements at the beginning of the cohabitation and dealing with matters by agreement at its end. Elissa also undertakes work within the Court of Protection.

Elissa is an experienced mediator having qualified in 2003 and, as of June 2012, is  also an accredited Family Law Arbitrator.


  • Contributor to Blackstones Civil Practice 2000 – 2003
  • Co-Author of Family and Matrimonial Law for Cavendish, 2001
  • Author of Everything You Wanted to Know About Practising Family Law’ for Cavendish, 2004 and author of various articles on both Ancillary Relief and Cohabitation for Family Law


Elissa is NITA (National Institute of Trial Advocacy) trained and has created, designed and delivered the Family Electives on the College of Law Professional Skills Course on Advocacy, Interviewing and Negotiating Techniques as well as courses for the Continuing Professional Development of Solicitors. In addition she designed wrote and delivered Advocacy Training Courses for family practitioners in conjunction with Resolution and the College of Law.


Elissa is based in central London but is happy to travel.  In her limited free time she is a formidable Scrabble player, card player and budding novel writer.

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