Emma specialises in public law, inquests and inquiries, employment and personal injury. Since being appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘C’ panel in March 2014, her practice has increasingly focussed on cases involving prisons, immigration and the military, with her acting both for and against the Government in such cases.
Public Law/Public Inquiries
Emma was appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘C’ panel in March 2014.
She regularly appears in the Administrative Court in judicial review proceedings across a range of areas, including prisons, asylum, immigration, and human rights, for both claimants and defendants. Emma also regularly acts in cases involving actions brought pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998 in the High Court and County Court.
Emma has experience in electoral law matters. She also advises on the requirements for public bodies and political parties in respect of Data Protection Act 1998.
Between 2008 and 2011 Emma was instructed on the Baha Mousa Inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa in British Army custody in Iraq in 2003 and into the use of “conditioning” techniques by British soldiers.
Emma represents families and other properly interested persons at inquests, with particular experience in military and prison deaths and of article 2 inquests. Emma also has experience in inquests involving health and social care issues.
Emma was second junior counsel on behalf of the MOD and two individual soldiers in the fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks that was heard from 1 February 2016 to 3 June 2016.
She is currently instructed as junior counsel on behalf of the MOD in the fresh inquest into the death of Sean Benton at Deepcut Barracks.
Emma acts for both claimants and respondents and represents a broad range of clients, from recruitment companies, commercial organisations and individuals in the private sector to government departments, local authorities and NHS trusts in the public sector.
Emma has experience in all areas of employment law including unfair dismissal, discrimination (including harassment cases) and TUPE. She appears in the EAT as well as in front of employment tribunals and acts in the High Court on behalf of companies and individuals in cases involving breach of covenants in restraint of trade.
Emma undertakes advisory, written and court work in personal injury matters. She acts for both claimants and defendants in employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability claims as well as general negligence actions.
Other areas of experience
Emma’s practice also covers general insurance work including cases involving allegations of fraud, consumer credit, general civil litigation and costs.