Emma is experienced in statutory public inquiries, with particular knowledge of complex, historic and high profile public inquiries involving significant criticism of the State.
Emma was instructed on the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry, on the Inquiry’s team. This major statutory public inquiry concerned the death of an Iraqi civilian whilst detained by British soldiers in Iraq and the mistreatment of others. The use of conditioning techniques by British soldiers was explored, including the use of hooding and stress positions, as was tactical questioning and interrogation policy. The Inquiry made 73 recommendations to the Ministry of Defence.
Emma is currently instructed on the Infected Blood Inquiry on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (one of three junior counsel being led by Eleanor Grey QC). The Inquiry is examining the circumstances in which men, women and children treated by the NHS in the United Kingdom were given infected blood and infected blood products, in particular since 1970, via blood products and blood transfusions.