Emma has a broad practice in public law and human rights, crime and extradition, media and information law, and employment law. She is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel.
Public Law and Human Rights
Emma’s interests and experience span education, equality and discrimination, prison and police law (including parole board hearings), community care, social welfare, environment and inquests. Recent cases include:
Before joining Matrix, Emma represented claimants in immigration proceedings with the Penn Law Transnational Legal Clinic and acted for claimants in the Social Security Tribunal for the Free Representation Unit. She also provided pro bono representation to parents appealing against the permanent exclusion of their child from school with the School Exclusion Project.
Crime and Extradition
Emma appears in the Magistrates’ and Crown court in a range of criminal law matters. She is often instructed in trials in which there is a human rights element (for example, where there are protest or education issues at stake). Recent notable cases include:
She is also instructed in death penalty appeals to the Privy Council (led by Clare Montgomery QC and Tim Owen QC).
During traineeship, Emma assisted Aaron Watkins in extradition proceedings brought under Parts 1 and 2 of the Extradition Act 2003, including:
She assisted Clare Montgomery QC in a range of criminal law matters relating to conspiracy to defraud, murder, election offences, money laundering and mutual legal assistance.
Media and Information Law
Emma practises in media and information law, with particular expertise in defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence and reporting restrictions. Recent cases include:
She has a particular interest in the overlap between media and information law, and public law and crime. As a trainee, she was involved in a challenge to data sharing between the NHS and the Home Office and an appeal in the information tribunal relating to confidential communications between the CPS and the Requesting State in extradition proceedings.
Emma has worked with the in-house legal team of a national newspaper and is a contributor to media law blog Inforrm.
Emma regularly appears in the employment tribunal in multi-day proceedings. While she has a particular interest in proceedings concerning discrimination, her experience also spans unfair dismissal, redundancy, TUPE transfers, whistleblowing and wage-related disputes. Her advisory work has included employment disputes in overseas territories.
She is currently instructed in Benyatov v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd: an ongoing High Court claim brought by a banker against his former employer in respect of the consequences of his prosecution and conviction for espionage while working in Romania (led by Paul Goulding QC and Paul Skinner).
She recently appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in:
She was also instructed in proceedings relating to holiday pay under EU law (led by Tom Linden QC).
Before joining Matrix, Emma was a Court of Appeal Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Beatson. She worked for a number of charities, including JUSTICE, INQUEST, Reprieve, Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates and CACIT (Togo).
Qualifications and Awards
Emma holds a first class degree in Law with French Law from the University of Oxford and a certificate in French Law from Panthéon-Assas University. She was awarded the Worsley prize for academic performance and contribution to Mansfield College. She was a Dean’s scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she was awarded a Distinction in her LLM.
Emma completed her legal education at City Law School, where she obtained an Outstanding on the BPTC. She won the Human Rights Lawyers Association Judicial Review Competition, judged by Lord Justice Longmore.
Emma is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, which has awarded her Hardwicke and Denning Scholarships, and a Buchanan prize for exam performance. She was awarded a Phoenicia scholarship by the Bar European Group.
Emma is a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA), the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA), Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF) and the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC).
English (native) and French (proficient)
Co-author with Sir Jack Beatson of “Public Law in the UK after Brexit” in The Frontiers of Public Law, Edited by Jason NE Varuhas and Shona Wilson Stark, 2020
Emma is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Emma needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Emma’s privacy notice in full, please see here.