Emily has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal, and has acted in a number of international arbitrations. She is developing her experience in public inquiry work and is currently instructed on both the COVID-19 Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Emily is developing a broad practice covering all areas of commercial and business law, including contractual disputes of all types, insolvency and company disputes. She has a particular interest in civil fraud.
Junior counsel (led by Aidan Casey KC) in a four-day Court of Appeal hearing representing the employee of a bank in his appeal against findings of liability for dishonest assistance associated with a €100m fraud.
Second junior counsel (led by Tom Poole KC) in a LCIA arbitration concerning a copper mine in Russia, with substantial Russian law elements and offshore issues.
Assisted Aidan Casey KC in another series of international arbitrations arising out of Russian / CIS disputes, including advising on anti-suit injunctions and associated issues.
Junior counsel (led by Peter Knox KC) in the 10 day trial of an unfair prejudice petition in the High Court.
Regular appearances in the Business and Property Courts and the County Court in a range of corporate and personal insolvency matters and general commercial claims.
Emily has a keen interest in employment issues and appears in a wide range of matters in the Employment Tribunal. Her recent experience includes acting for a company in multiple claims for constructive dismissal and unlawful deduction of wages, and representing the Respondent in an employment status case. Her employment practice often overlaps with her commercial work, including advising on post-termination restrictive covenants. She has also advised on employment law issues in Caribbean jurisdictions
Emily has a keen interest in public, administrative and constitutional law. She is currently instructed on the COVID-19 Inquiry, acting on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. She is also instructed on the Undercover Policing Inquiry, which aims to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces since 1968, acting on behalf of the Designated Lawyers officer core participant group.
Emily’s public law experience also extends to appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. She assisted Tom Poole KC on Sexius v Attorney General of Saint Lucia  1 WLR 3236, which has now become the leading case on the scope of the right to silence and its interplay with the right to a fair trial.
Emily has also represented detained clients pro bono through Bail for Immigration Detainees.
Emily is regularly instructed in cross-border claims involving issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws. In travel law, Emily has substantial experience acting for a number of well-known tour-operators and airlines in a range of claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Montreal Convention and the Denied Boarding Regulations. Emily has also acted as junior counsel in appeals before the Privy Council.
Successfully acted for the Respondent (led by Katherine Deal KC) on a pro bono basis in an appeal from Mauritius concerning an employer’s liability for injuries sustained by an employee during a road traffic accident on their journey home from work.
Acted pro bono as amicus curiae (led by Thomas Roe KC) in an appeal from Trinidad and Tobago concerning the construction of a driver’s insurance policy.
Acting and advising in a range of aviation matters, including claims for discrimination against airlines.
Advising on and drafting jurisdictional applications.
Emily is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies and other entities through the public access scheme (also known as direct access). She is able to advise and draft pleadings and documents for individuals and small and medium sized businesses on a direct access basis. She is happy to accept instructions on a direct basis in appropriate cases. If you wish to instruct Emily on a direct basis, please speak to the clerks.
For more information on public access, please see the Bar Council website.