He took silk in 2003 (one of the few solicitors so to do and following the path of Andrew Hopper QC an associate tenant at Farrar’s).
He was, all too briefly, Head of Chambers at Farrar’s until his commitment to the Bloody Sunday Enquiry made this logistically too challenging.
He sits as a Recorder, a Deputy High Court Judge and as a Boundary Commissioner.
On 31st of March 2014 Gerard Elias QC retired from practice at the Bar after a long and distinguished career. His pupillage at Farrar’s was memorable, for his co-pupil was Elizabeth Kenyon: as Gerard puts it “But for a pupillage with Ronald Waterhouse approaching 50 years ago, Elisabeth and I would not have met and my life would doubtless have been very different, but it could not have been better”. Gerard then practised from 34 (later 9) Park Place, Cardiff but retained a strong connection with Farrar’s.
He developed a huge practice, taking silk in 1984 at the age of 39.
He has been Chairman of the Disciplinary Council of the England Cricket Board and Chairman of Sports Resolutions and was Chairman of Glamorgan County Cricket.