A Liverpool solicitor will receive the city’s highest civic honour in a ceremony at the Town Hall this Friday to celebrate his achievements in championing social justice.

Elkan Abrahamson, director and head of major inquiries at the Broudie Jackson Canter, has been at the centre of Liverpool’s most defining moments including the Toxteth uprising and the Hillsborough disaster.

He has fought tirelessly for the families of those killed at Hillsborough and fought for justice for the residents of Liverpool for over 40 years.

During the Hillsborough inquest, he represented 20 families after being approached by Anne Williams, who lost her 15-year-old son Kevin.

Throughout his career he became a key member in the search for justice, playing an instrumental role in successfully arguing that the Hillsborough victims were unlawfully killed.

To this day, he remains active in his campaign for justice and continues to push for a Hillsborough Law to be passed which would make it a legal duty for public authorities and public servants to tell the truth.

He said: “the main thing for me in representing the families is all about empowering the disempowered and I think we did empower them during the inquest”.

“Its a bit daunting but for me its great as a scouser to get an award from my city and that makes it really special to be recognised by my own city”.

Elkan now joins a remarkable list of people who have been awarded the Freedom of Liverpool honour including Liverpool Football Club’s manager, Jurgen Klopp and the 97 Hillsborough victims who received the award posthumously.


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