Experience

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.

Education

BVC: Inns of Court School of Law, (Very Competent)
Graduate Entry LLB: City University, (First Class)
BA Hons in Politics: University of Exeter, (First Class)

Professional Memberships

Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association


Attorney General Panel

Appointed to C panel

Inquest into the death of Joseph Phuong

Emma Price represented the London Borough of Richmond at this four week Article 2 inquest into the death of Joseph Phuong, who died whilst detained under the Mental Health Act.

The Metropolitan Police, a number of NHS trusts and the London Ambulance Service were also represented as interested persons in addition to the Family.

The inquest explored mental health provision in the community, including the arrangement of Mental Health Act assessments, police detention and section 136 procedures and issues surrounding seclusion and emergency response in the context of in-patient mental healthcare.

R (Scarfe & ors) v (1) Governor of HMP Woodhill (2) Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWHC 1194 (Admin)

Emma Price led by James Strachan QC (39 Essex Chambers) represented the Secretary of State for Justice and the Governor of HMP Woodhill in this judicial review claim, which was brought by the families of two prisoners who committed suicide whilst at HMP Woodhill.  The claim was dismissed by the Divisional Court (Irwin LJ and Garnham J).

Inquest into the death of Jack Portland

Represented the Ministry of Justice at this two week article 2 inquest into Mr Portland’s death whilst he was on s. 17 Mental Health Act leave from hospital.  Two NHS Trusts were also represented at the inquest.  No causative failings were found by the jury.

Inquest into the death of Pte Cheryl James (Deepcut Barracks)

Nicholas Moss and Emma Price (assisted by Matthew Waszak) represented the Ministry of Defence and two individual servicemen in the further inquest into the death of Cheryl James. Ms James was the second of four trainees to die at Deepcut in the period 1995-2002. The first inquest was quashed on grounds of insufficiency of inquiry.

Athanas v The Home Office

Instructed on behalf of the Home Office in this unfair dismissal and age discrimination claim, heard over five days.

Caron Jackson v Ministry of Justice

Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in respect of a claim brought pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998 in the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division.

Jenkins v The Ministry of Justice

Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in a claim brought by a serving prisoner under the Human Rights Act 1998 in the County Court in respect of alleged breach of the Claimant’s article 8 rights by way of interference by the Defendant with his correspondence.

This article 8 case was dismissed by the Circuit Judge at Trial.

Saha v Viewpoint Field Services

Represented the Appellant in an EAT appeal of a first instance decision that the Claimant was not an employee of the respondent.

The Baha Mousa Inquiry

Major statutory public inquiry into the death of an Iraqi civilian and the mistreatment of others by British soldiers in Iraq. Emma Price was instructed as support counsel providing assistance to the lead and junior counsel to the Inquiry, Gerard Elias QC, Nicholas Moss and Patrick Halliday.

Cheryl James Inquest

3rd June 2016

Nicholas Moss and Emma Price (assisted by Matthew Waszak) acted for the Ministry of Defence and two individual soldiers in the fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James, who died at Deepcut Barracks on 27 November 1995.

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