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.
Emily has experience in a broad range of public law matters, and acts both for and against the government in judicial review proceedings, claims against public bodies and other proceedings with a public law element. She has particular experience in immigration and asylum, nationality, unlawful detention, prison law, data protection, anonymity, and closed material procedures. Emily also frequently advises and acts in civil matters with a public law element.
Notable recent instructions include:
· A junior role in two lead cases involving challenges to the imposition of curfew conditions on individuals subject to immigration bail;
· Representing the Secretary of State as sole counsel in an immigration appeal raising new article 8 grounds not raised below, to be heard in the Court of Appeal in July 2017;
· Acting for the appellant as sole counsel in a permission application to the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the assessment of a child’s interests under section 117B(6) of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (permission was granted);
· An unlawful detention claim where the claimant was a victim of trafficking;
· An unlawful detention claim in the context of the Detained Fast Track with allegations that the claimant was a victim of torture, and a mental health element;
· Representing the Secretary of State in an appeal from a Civil Penalty Notice (arising from the employment of illegal workers).
Emily is also developing a practice in international criminal and international public law. In 2016 she participated in a week of discussions with the Mexican Armed Forces on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law. Emily assisted Andrew Cayley QC and Rodney Dixon QC, participated in question and answer sessions, and personally delivered talks on prosecuting international crimes in the national jurisdiction, and NGO influence on ICL.
Inquests and Inquiries
Emily regularly advises and represents a range of interested parties at inquests, including Article 2 inquests with a jury. She has particular expertise in deaths in custody and inquests with complex medical issues.
Notable recent instructions include representing the Ministry of Justice in a week-long jury inquest into a death in HMP Swansea, representing the Ministry of Justice in an inquest into a death in custody at HMP Woodhill related to the use of illicit drugs including new psychoactive substances (commonly known as spice), and representing the bereaved family in an inquest with complex medical issues arising from a deep vein thrombosis (which included detailed cross examination of the hospital consultant).
Emily has been instructed by the Leveson Inquiry and (before her Pegasus secondment to the DIFC) the Pitchford Inquiry. She has also undertaken work in connection with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Emily has a busy and diverse personal injury practice, advising and representing both claimants and defendants. Her experience includes claims against public authorities and employers, health and safety, criminal injuries, data protection claims, defending fraudulent claims and contempt of court. She has dealt with claims with a complex psychiatric background, both in the courts and the Employment Tribunal.
She has considerable experience in wider tort and other civil claims, including bailment, conversion, misfeasance in public office, and Data Protection claims.
Common Law and Commercial Law
Emily has a wide range of common and commercial law experience, which includes contract claims, employment, injunctive relief, insolvency, enforcement, and commercial litigation and arbitration in the DIFC.