Emily has specialised for years in the overlap of areas offered by Chambers, in particular in the area of child protection. Her busy practice involves prosecuting and defending crime, in particular, sexual offences and fraud; and care proceedings in the family court.
What the Directories say:
"Emily, in my view, is an outstanding advocate combining rare qualities of intellect and diplomacy. The modest attractive style is founded on real confidence." The Legal 500 2021
"She prosecutes for CPS in rape and serious sexual offences." The Legal 500 2019
"She is always on top of all the facts and works well with prosecuting authorities." The Legal 500 2017
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Emily prosecutes and defends the most serious offences. She is a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor (the highest level before QC) and has been appointed to the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List for many years. She is experienced at cases involving exceedingly vulnerable witnesses and defendants, intermediaries, analysis of telephone evidence, cell site, DNA analysis, third party material including social services material, public interest immunity. When instructed for the defence she has had a clear run of acquittals or appeals for years.
Emily has been appointed to the Proceeds of Crime, Serious Crime and Fraud CPS advocate panel at Level 3 and is experienced in prosecution and defence in these areas. She was on the prosecution team responsible for the successful prosecution of Bright &others of Independent Insurance, one of the largest, most complex and most successful SFO prosecutions of recent times. She was junior to the late Philip Henry in the successful HMRC prosecution of an accountant in a £5 million fraud. In addition Emily has provided advice for the defence in confiscation hearings where issues arise involving matrimonial property.
Emily, called in 2003, has a reputation for keen attention to detail and a practical approach. Her family work covers complex child protection cases; for local authority, parents or children via their guardians. She has been instructed in cases involving radicalisation, sexual abuse, non accidental or inflicted injury, mental health issues, violence, drug and alcohol misuse and foreign elements, in county court and High Court. She advises on Human Rights Act applications arising from family proceedings, and alleged deprivation of liberty, special guardianship, placement or relocation of children overseas, foreign adoptions, judicial review of local authority decisions and forced marriages.
Local Authority instructions:
In 2019, Emily represented a London Local Authority in a High Court radicalisation case. The parents were sentenced to custody for terrorism offences at Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey). Three other families were involved in linked cases running concurrently.
Emily was instructed to lead Elizabeth Stevens her former pupil, in a complex case involving findings of inflicted injuries (rib fractures), which required cross examination of several medical experts on the issue of furosemide weakening of bones. The father was represented by a pre eminent silk.
Emily represented the Local Authority in care proceedings involving 7 children, including a 13 and 16 year old whose wish was to return home to their mother, and had separate representation as a result, three fathers, and a grandfather representing himself: seven parties in total. Care order and Placement Order applications were successful and s.26 contact orders were successfully resisted.
Emily regularly represents children through their Guardians, recently conducting a 12 day final hearing for a Guardian involving analysis of toxic trio MH, DV and drug and alcohol use and whether further assessments of mother and her partner were required. Recently she was instructed in private proceedings involving parental alienation of the most severe kind observed by the experts involved.
She is experienced at dealing with sensitive cases, and has appeared as amicus curiae to the court, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in order to cross examine a child alleging sexual abuse against an unrepresented family member.
She has represented parents accused of inflicting injuries on their children, or with learning difficulties/disabilities and those who lack capacity, as well as those with addictions or an international connection.
Recently Emily represented a father (proceedings ongoing) accused of inflicting injuries on his baby. She also represented a father with learning difficulties whose first child was going to be placed for adoption, and an alternative support couple that came forward at the 11th hour. Also she is representing a father in rehabilitation for an addiction, and seeking the return of his baby to his care.
She deals with cases involving residence or contact disputes to a high level, including parental alienation and complex intractable cases. She recently succeeded in having children returned to their father in Pakistan under a private order from the High Court, following allegations of abduction by their Mother to the UK.
Emily also practises criminal law to a high level, specialising in sexual offences and cases involving children. This practise lends support to her family work given the frequent overlap in issues between the jurisdictions.
Emily accepts instructions in all aspects of Court of Protection work. She can represent family members in contested deputyship applications and advise and draft grounds for Mental Capacity Act cases. Emily has frequently dealt with Deprivation of Liberty cases concerning children. She is keen to further her Court of Protection practice.
Due to her multi-disciplinary background, Emily is able to use her knowledge from both family, criminal and personal injury/clinical negligence cases when Court of Protection cases straddle these areas. Emily’s family, and particularly her Local Authority work, includes welfare proceedings and often the issue of capacity is raised. Emily is very experienced in representing and advising vulnerable clients and their families, which lends itself to the Court of Protection work.
Emily is instructed in the police disciplinary tribunal, both as legal advisor to the tribunal and to represent the Appropriate Authority. She has developed her practice representing the police in SOPOs, ASBOs, closure orders including the notorious Lucky 7 Snooker Club E9, violent offender orders and other civil actions, and successfully argued an appeal by way of case stated in the High Court. She is regularly instructed in disclosure applications where there are concurrent family and criminal proceedings.