Elissa Da Costa-Waldman MCIArb

Elissa Da Costa-Waldman MCIArb

BarristerCall 1990

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 (NITA) 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.  She is able to draft cohabitation agreements at the beginning of the cohabitation relationship as well as a ‘separation agreement’ in the event of relationship breakdown.  In addition, a fearless advocate and well versed in the Civil Procedure Rules, Elissa represents many former cohabitants in court to deal with their property disputes where the parties have been unable to resolve them using other forms of dispute resolution.

Elissa also undertakes private child law matters including contact and residence disputes and relocation whether domestic or international.  Elissa also undertakes work within the Court of Protection.

Elissa is an experienced mediator having qualified in 2003, a qualified collaborative lawyer and, as of June 2012, she is also an accredited Family Law Arbitrator (Finance).

  • Contributor to Blackstone’s 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 Matrimonial Finance and Cohabitation for Family Law and other publications
  • Co-Author of Cohabitation Claims, Resolution Guide 2019

‘Thank you once again for the fantastic representation yesterday, you are truly amazing and worth every penny!’


‘Thank you for being strong and giving good advice’.

Matrimonial Finance Client


‘Elissa, your best is awesome’

Cohabitation/Property Dispute Client


‘Elissa did exceptionally well, I am sure you would be as impressed as I was…’

Cohabitation/Property Dispute Client


‘Thank you for everything you did for me at court’

Matrimonial Finance Client


‘Thank you so much for representing me at such a difficult time’

Matrimonial Finance Client


‘You are amazing. I felt in very safe hands in the lead up and at court and you went over and above…thank you so much’

Matrimonial Finance and Children case client


‘My Rock – thank you for everything you’ve done to help me achieve success from a challenging situation’

Matrimonial Finance Client


‘Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my children’

Children case client

Elissa is an experienced and engaging trainer 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 has designed, written and delivered Advocacy Training Courses for family practitioners in conjunction with Resolution and the College of Law.  She continues to train for Central Law Training both externally and internally.

Elissa is based in central London but is happy to travel. In her limited free time she is a formidable Scrabble player, card player, budding novel writer but most importantly grandma to the ‘Magnificent 7’, her brood of grandchildren.



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Data Controller

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Data Collection

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My Lawful Basis for processing your information


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations that process personal data to have a Lawful Basis for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:

·      Consent of the data subject (you)
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  • Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.


My Lawful Basis is you consent and my Legitimate Interest is that you are either a client, member, pupil, student, employee or otherwise in the service of the controller.

I use your information to:

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Where any part of our processing includes automated decision-making, I ensure that the proposed decisions are revealed to you before being applied. You will always be able to get an explanation for the decision and to challenge it if you are unhappy with it.


I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:


Client/Member/pupil/student data

  • Name;
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  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Payment or bank details;
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details;
  • Family & next of kin details


Employee Data

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  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Payment or bank details;
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details
  • Family & next-of-kin details
  • Medical information

I may share your personal data with:

  • My legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
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Transfers to third countries and international organisations


I do not transfer any information outside of the EEA.


I retain your personal data while you remain a client, member, pupil, student, employee, unless you ask me to delete it.  My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as a claim or dispute;
  • I are legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting service users’ safety and security.


Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights regarding your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask me to correct any inaccuracies in the personal data I hold, you can ask me to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask me to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s Ibsite http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I deal with you.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me at edwaldman@newcourtchambers.com


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I will occasionally update our Privacy Notice. When I make significant changes, I will notify you of these through either mail or email. I will also publish the updated Notice on chambers’ website.



Data Protection Policy available on request.