Emily’s practice includes both public and private law. Emily was appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel, C Panel (London) in March 2016.

She regularly advises and appears in judicial review matters, with a particular focus on immigration and asylum. Her wider administrative law practice is diverse and includes national security work, unlawful detention claims, human rights and prison law. Emily represents both Government and individual clients in appeals, including in the Court of Appeal.

Emily has an expanding coronial practice and represents both families and other interested parties at inquests. Her inquest experience includes deaths in custody and those relating to medical treatment, where she is able to draw on her experience of personal injury law.

She is developing her expertise in public international law and international criminal law, and in 2016 she was invited to participate in discussions with the Mexican Armed Forces on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law.

Emily advises and represents both claimants and defendants in personal injury matters, both wholly private and those with a public element. She has a particular interest in complex, psychiatric and workplace injuries and claims for distress and personal injury under the Data Protection Act. She has considerable experience in wider tort and other civil claims, including bailment, conversion, misfeasance in public office, deceit and Data Protection claims.

She was seconded to Al Tamimi & Company and to the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts as a Pegasus Trust Scholar in 2015, where she worked on a broad range of commercial cases in the DIFC jurisdiction.

She accepts direct access instructions.


Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School
LLM, New York University
MA (Law), University of Cambridge, Downing College

Professional Memberships


Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Attorney General Panel

Appointed to C panel


R (on the application of Lupepe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 2690 (Admin)

Following a three-day hearing in the Administrative Court, Lewis J found that a curfew imposed on a foreign national offender was unlawful as it was imposed pursuant to an unpublished policy about curfews, and because the Claimant was not afforded an opportunity to make representations prior to its imposition. The policy concerned the re-imposition of curfews that had had to be lifted following the Court of Appeal’s decision in R (Gedi) v Home Secretary [2016] EWCA Civ 409, [2016] 4 WLR 93 (in which Robin Tam QC had also represented the Home Secretary).

Inquest into the death of LC

Emily Wilsdon, instructed by Chris Moore at Scooters and Bikes Legal, represented the family at a one day inquest in Nottingham that concluded on 25th October 2017 into the death of their 16 year old son following a road traffic collision between his scooter and a car.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Rochdale and Cyril Smith

Cathryn McGahey QC and Emily Wilsdon are representing the Department for Education in this public inquiry. In the Rochdale investigation, the Inquiry is analysing the response of those in authority to allegations of sexual abuse of children by Cyril Smith MP and others, and is investigating in particular allegations of abuse at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel and Knowl View School.

Enfield London Borough Council v Phoenix & others [2013] EWHC 4286 (QB)

Emily acted for the Defendant, a member of ‘Occupy’, who successfully contended that the local authority had acted inappropriately in issuing a possession claim in the High Court as the claim did not satisfy the requirements of the CPR Practice Direction 55A.

The Leveson Inquiry

This was a major statutory public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. David Barr served throughout as first junior counsel to the Inquiry. Cathryn McGahey appeared as junior counsel for the Chairman of the Inquiry during related judicial review proceedings. Louise Jones acted for the core participant victims in the judicial review proceedings. William Irwin acted throughout providing legal assistance to Counsel to the Inquiry. Emily Wilsdon assisted in the preparation of the report.

TGC Fraud Update

9th October 2015

Welcome to the inaugural edition of TGC Fraud Update, a new publication from the fraud team at Temple Garden Chambers containing a number of articles on legal matters relevant to insurance fraud practitioners and a digest of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.

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IICSA commences hearings into Rochdale abuse allegations

17th October 2017

Cathryn McGahey QC and Emily Wilsdon are representing the Department for Education before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The Inquiry is currently hearing evidence of alleged abuse by Cyril Smith MP and others associated with Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel and Knowl View School.

Tina Norman v Robert Norman Court of Appeal

25th January 2017

On 19 January 2017, Matt Waszak, instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit, acted for the appellant in an application before the Court of Appeal (Gloster (Vice President), King, Lewison LJJ) to preserve the anonymity of appeal proceedings in an ancillary relief case.

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Andrew Cayley QC, Rodney Dixon QC and Emily Wilsdon are this week in Mexico City

22nd November 2016

Andrew, Rodney and Emily will participate in a week of discussions with the Mexican Armed Forces on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law, an event which has been organised by Foro de Justicia International AC and its chief executive Professor Dr. Mónica Rocha-Herrera.