Mrs Elizabeth Connell, BA LLB
I was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa where I went to St Andrews School in Bedfordview on an academic scholarship and then to the University of the Witwatersrand. I majored in English and Linguistics in my undergraduate degree and then went on to study law.
On graduating I worked as a notary and attorney in Johannesburg for many years, doing family law and property law, until I moved to the UK in 2005 with my husband and three children.
I requalified as a UK solicitor in 2006 and I have been practising as a solicitor in the UK ever since, specialising in property law. I am currently a senior solicitor at Knocker & Foskett in Sevenoaks.
I was first introduced to Bethany when I was a partner at Pengelly & Rylands in Tenterden where I practised from 2011 to 2018. I was involved with various legal matters on behalf of the school over the years and I got to know Francie Healy and his daughter Alice when she did work experience at the firm. I am pleased to say that she was not put off the legal profession by the experience and she is now a successful solicitor in Manchester.
Growing up I was never much good at sport, preferring dancing and music, but in my forties after much encouragement from a friend to join her in the Hospice in the Weald annual 10km race in Tunbridge Wells, I took up running. I haven’t looked back (literally and figuratively). I persuaded my husband to join me and we now run regularly together. Occasionally our children will join us for a Park Run. We have since done numerous 10km races and half marathons and one of these days I plan to do a marathon.
In my spare time I still enjoy playing music. I play the viola in the Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra and also in the music group at St Peter & Paul Parish Church in Tonbridge.