Emily practices in public and private law. She has particular expertise in judicial review, claims with a public law element, inquests and inquiries, national security, and extradition.

She is a member of the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel, B Panel (London), appointed in September 2020. She is also a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel: England and Wales, B list, appointed in May 2019. She was previously appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel, C Panel (London) in March 2016.


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 B panel


Taylor & Anor v The Prosecutor General’s Office of Florence [2019] EWHC 2938 (Admin)

The two requested persons appealed to the High Court against the decision to order their extradition to Italy. The case concerned the application of section 20 of the Extradition Act 2003 where the requested persons’ conviction in Italy became final following a hearing at the Court of Cassation (the highest court in Italy), at which they were unexpectedly not represented because their Italian lawyers attended a strike.

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Inquest into the death of LS

Instructed on a pro bono basis by Will Cornwell and Gurj Sidhu at Slater and Gordon solicitors, also acting pro bono, via a referral by the charity Road Peace. Emily Wilsdon represented the parents of a 24 year old man who died in a road traffic collision between him and a van on the A12 in East London on New Year’s Day in 2019.

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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Court, Lewis J found that a curfew imposed on a foreign national offender was unlawful as it was imposed pursuant to an unpublished policy about curfews, and because the Claimant was not afforded an opportunity to make representations prior to its imposition.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).

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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.

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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.

A Practical Guide to Extradition Law Post-Brexit

9th September 2021

Published on 6 September 2021 by the TGC Extradition Team.

TGC Inquests and Inquiries Newsletter

18th March 2021

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.

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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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TGC Inquest & Inquiries Newsletter – Second Issue, November 2021

24th November 2021

Welcome to the second edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication, containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.

Our previous edition, published in March 2021, was published one year on from the first Covid-19 national lockdown, which had a huge impact on
inquests and public inquiries alike. At that time, inquests and inquiries were tentatively starting again, albeit with social distancing and additional technology measures. Now many inquests and inquiries are going ahead in person (or with hybrid in person/video link arrangements).

As such, it has been a busy few months for the Inquests and Inquiries team at Temple Garden Chambers. We were delighted to see that our recent work in this area has been rewarded with Chambers being promoted to a Band 1 ranking set for Inquests & Public Inquiries in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Rankings 2022, with a number of individuals being ranked individually, namely Andrew O’Connor QC, Cathryn McGahey QC, David Barr QC, Dominic Adamson
QC, Keith Morton QC, Nicholas Moss QC and Fiona Canby. All of these individuals were also ranked in the Legal 500 for Inquests and Inquiries, alongside Sian Reeves. We congratulate all members of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries team on this brilliant news.

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Marine Accident Investigation Branch safety report not admissible into arbitration

9th December 2019

Emily Wilsdon, instructed by Sarah Wise (GLD) represented the MAIB in ‘Ocean Prefect’, heard on an urgent basis in the QBD, Commercial Court, by Mr Justice Teare. This was the first time a court has ever adjudicated on the admissibility of a MAIB marine safety report arising from a shipping accident in an arbitration. The court found that arbitrations were ‘judicial proceedings’ and the public interest in effective future investigations, and the potential effect on relations with other states and NGOs meant the balance fell against admission.

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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.

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This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it. If you have any questions about how I collect and hold your personal information as your barrister, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or through my clerks.

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Data Collection

The information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by you or your legal team in the course of your case. Your solicitor (should you have one) will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it.

The Lawful Bases for processing personal information under the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations that process personal data to have a “Lawful Basis” for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:

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preventing unauthorised access;
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Some personal data is especially sensitive, so falls into special categories of personal data which require other lawful bases for processing. Medical records are in one special category of data. The special categories are data revealing:

  • Racial or ethnic origin;
  • Political opinions;
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • Trade Union membership;
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  • Genetic data or biometric data.

My Lawful Bases for processing your personal information

My main Lawful Basis for processing your information is that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you (the “data subject”) are party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.

(The “contract” here is the contract for the provision of legal services to you, the data subject.)

I have another Lawful Basis for processing your information (and that of any third party – see below). That is for the legitimate interests of my business as a barrister.

Among those legitimate interests, for example, are:

The administration of my business (eg. my clerks receiving information from your solicitor in relation to the case and making sure that all the information I need, eg. about hearings, is passed on to me);

To keep records in relation to the services I provide (just in case, for example, there is a problem with those services and I need to provide information to you, to a professional body or to my professional indemnity insurer);

To provide training. Trainees (pupil barristers and “mini-pupils” on short placements in chambers) are made aware of the strict duties of confidentiality applicable to legal work. I will always do my utmost to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information and will share with the trainee only the minimum amount of information necessary to provide such training (and will, if I can, avoid sharing any personal information at all with the trainee). But please do tell me (by email or in writing by post) if you would prefer that your case not be used by me for training purposes and I will not use it in that way.

My lawful basis for processing any third party’s information provided to me in relation to your case is that processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which I as controller am subject, namely the obligation to provide legal services under the contract with you.

(A “third party” is another person – whether the other party in the dispute or someone else whose information is relevant, such as a witness to the event in question).

My lawful basis for processing any special categories of personal data (yours or a third party’s sensitive personal data, eg. medical records) is that the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. 

So I use personal information carefully:

  • To provide you with legal advice and representation;
  • To manage efficiently the work I do for you;
  • To investigate and address any concerns you might have; and
  • To train future barristers.

Automated Decision Making

I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data. I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes, for example, the following client data:

Name; Email;
Phone number;
Payment or bank details; Date of birth;
Financial information;
Medical Records;
Employment Records.

I may share your personal data with: Instructing solicitors; Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case; My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services; Pupil or mini-pupil, under my training or that of another member of my chambers; My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter; Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties, if 
necessary to meet our legal obligations; Any other party where I ask you and you consent to the sharing.

Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I do not transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations, unless you or your solicitor is located in a third country and/or I am asked to do by you or your solicitor.

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required not to do so; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not 
limited to my obligations to keep records in case of future complaint or claim against me, fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.

Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you 
can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website[1] and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

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