Emma specialises in inquests and inquiries, public law, human rights and civil liberties and personal injury. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel in 2014 and was elevated to the B Panel in September 2018.
Emma’s inquest practice focusses on article 2 inquests into deaths in detention and custody, as well as military deaths, including cases involving fatal self-harm. She was junior counsel for the MOD (led by Nicholas Moss) in the fresh inquests into the deaths of Cheryl James and Sean Benton who died at Deepcut Barracks in 1995. Emma also specialises in inquests into deaths in the context of the provision of health and social care.
Emma is experienced in statutory public inquiries. She was instructed on the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry and is currently instructed on the Infected Blood Inquiry on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.
Emma appears in the Administrative Court in judicial review proceedings across a range of areas, including prisons, asylum, immigration and human rights, for both claimants and defendants. She was junior counsel in the notable case of R (Scarfe & ors) v (1) Governor of HMP Woodhill (2) Secretary of State for Justice, in which the Divisional Court rejected the claim that there had been a systemic breach of article 2 in the context of suicide and self-harm prevention in prison.
Emma also regularly acts in claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998 in the High Court and County Court.
Emma undertakes advisory, written and court work in personal injury matters. She acts for both claimants and defendants in employers’ liability claims as well as general negligence actions.
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