Experience

Emma-Jane is an experienced common law practitioner with a particular interest in personal injury and insurance litigation. She is instructed regularly by both Claimants and Defendants in high value, catastrophic injury claims, and clinical negligence and fatal accident claims, the latter often involving complex dependency claims. Emma-Jane has a marked specialisation in, and many years’ experience of defending fraudulent claims.

Directories

Emma-Jane is described as “client friendly”, “committed to cases”, and “has a good feel for liability prospects and quantum”.
Recommended by the Legal 500 for personal injury work.

Education

BA (Hons) English Literature (Bristol University)
CPE Postgraduate Diploma in Law (University of Westminster)
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law

Professional Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association

Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry

Statutory public inquiry into rail disaster at Ladbroke Grove.  Hugh Carlisle QC acted for the Health and Safety Executive leading David Barr and Emma-Jane Hobbs


GDPR Privacy Notice

Thank you for choosing to instruct me in your case. I will need to collect and hold your personal information in order to represent you. I will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information. I will do all that I reasonably can to ensure that I do not infringe your rights or undermine your trust. This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it.

Data Controller

I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is Temple Garden Chambers, 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London EC4Y 9DA and my registration number is ZA032476.

Data Collection

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Lawful Basis for processing your information

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  • Consent of the data subject
  • Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
  • Compliance with a legal obligation
  • To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
  •  Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  • The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.

Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
  • Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  • Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.

My Lawful Basis is Legitimate Interest; namely the provision of professional services and the proper exercise of my professional obligations and responsibilities.  My Lawful Bases may also include: consent and /or performance of a contract or steps to enter a contract and / or compliance with a legal obligation.  In so far as I process sensitive personal data I do so where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or where courts are acting in their judicial capacity.

 I use your information:

  • To provide legal advice and representation;
  • For the efficient and professional management of my practice as a barrister;
  • To investigate and address any concerns you may have;
  • To investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of my services, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law;
  • To assist in training pupils and mini pupils.

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:

Client data

  • Name;
  • Email;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Payment or bank details;
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details;
  • Device IP address;
  • Financial information;
  • Employment records;
  • Medical Records;
  • Criminal Records.

I may share your personal data with :

  • My Instructing solicitors;
  • A Court or other Tribunal;
  • Opposing Counsel and Solicitors, for the purposes of your case;
  • My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
  • A pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
  • Other third parties where necessary to meet 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.

Retention

I retain your personal data while you remain a client and/or for as long as is necessary for me to meet my legal and professional obligations.  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.

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 me to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask me 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 http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information 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

You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me in writing at my registered address.

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Coronavirus Update

TGC is proactively safeguarding against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a working Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available.

As of 25th March, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings will be closed until further notice and all barristers, clerks and support staff will be working remotely.We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans we have put in place will enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

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Court Hearings

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