Emma practices in criminal, regulatory and public law. She combines an eye for detail with hard work, seeking always to provide informed but practical advice to her clients
Emma began practising in 2005, and for the first 5 years concentrated almost exclusively on criminal work. Those years allowed her to develop into a versatile advocate, with significant experience of prosecuting and defending before the criminal courts at all levels.
In recent years Emma has applied and expanded that experience in the fields of public and regulatory law. In particular Emma’s recent work has focussed on public inquiries, judicial review, and medical regulation.
In 2014 Emma was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (C Panel), allowing her to accept work from all government departments. She also continues to accept instructions to act in relation to a variety of criminal cases, with particular emphasis on serious fraud and terrorism, and has a particular interest in cases which straddle the criminal and public law spheres
Emma’s criminal practice is focussed on the prosecution and defence of serious and complex cases. Her previous experience and attention to detail make her ideally suited to work on high-profile cases, such as terrorism and serious fraud. She is well-versed in all aspects of disclosure.
Emma has particular experience of advising corporate clients on issues of legal privilege as they arise in the criminal process.
Emma has prosecuted insolvency cases on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), and is familiar with restraint and confiscation proceedings and cash forfeiture.
Emma has been appointed to the CPS Serious Crime Group and Fraud panels at level 2.
Emma is often instructed in cases involving violent offences and is an experienced jury advocate in cases of this kind. She is adept at questioning and cross examining difficult witnesses in this context.
Emma’s background in criminal cases combined with her experience of more inquisitorial public inquiry work makes her particularly well-suited to appearing before professional disciplinary and regulatory tribunals.
She has appeared in cases before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council. She is familiar with the law and practice of regulatory tribunals and happy to accept instructions from professionals and regulatory bodies alike.
Emma is an experienced inquiry lawyer. She gained invaluable experience of all aspects of the law and practice of public inquiries during four years as junior counsel to the Al Sweady Inquiry between
2010 and 2014, and has continued to build on that experience with instructions to advise a prominent witness in receipt of a Maxwell letter from the Chilcott inquiry, and more recently as second junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Having extensive experience acting as an advocate in inquisitorial proceedings Emma also welcomes instructions in relation to inquests.
Since 2014, as a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel, Emma has acted on behalf of the Home Office in relation to claims for judicial review of immigration decisions. Emma has experience both of advising and appearing in claims involving:
Emma has also advised in relation to the issuing of civil penalties to employers found to have employed illegal workers.
MA (Hons) Cantab. – Law
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
South Eastern Circuit
Attorney General’s Panel Counsel (C Panel)
CPS Prosecution Counsel, Grade 2