Practice Overview

Called in 2003, Emily has a reputation for keen attention to detail, forensic cross-examination and a sensitive approach with vulnerable clients. Experienced in complex child protection cases, Emily represents local authorities, parents or children via their guardians. Emily 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. Emily has also represented parents in private law proceedings,particularly where there are allegations of harm or parental alienation.

Emily has represented parents or intervenors accused of inflicting injury, those with learning difficulty/disability and those who lack capacity, as well as those with addictions and cases with an international element. 

Emily has a strong background in criminal law, having practiced this to a high level earlier in her career. She specialised in sexual offences and cases involving children. This practice lends support to her family work given the frequent overlap in issues between the jurisdictions.

  • Children (Public Law)

    Sexual abuse: Emily successfully sought findings of sexual abuse perpetrated against a 5-year-old child byfamily members, as well as threshold findings against the parent beyond those admitted by them. Heard by HHJ Madeleine Reardon at ELFC.

    Radicalisation: Before HHJ Atkinson sitting at the RCJ, Emily represented a London Borough in a High Court radicalisation case, involving three families in care cases running concurrently. The parents pleaded guilty to terrorism offences at Central Criminal Court and served prison sentences. Emily advised on the process and material required to be disclosed from the criminal investigation. A leading silk was instructed for the London Borough of Redbridge in the connected family case, involving relatives residing in another borough. The Local Authority instructed Emily due to her experience of managing / handling huge volume of disclosure (thousands of pages) of highly sensitive material including telephone data.  Skill was required in distinguishing criminal offence, threshold facts and prejudicial comments.

    Non-Accidental Injury: 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 and genetics. The father was represented by a preeminent silk. Three children had suffered injuries, one with a constellation of health difficulties.  Skill was required in cross- examining the parents who had cognitive difficulties, were non-English speakers and were illiterate. Emily successfully sought findings that Mother had caused injuries.

    In 2020-2021, Emily was instructed to lead John Schmitt representing a father accused of inflicting injuries on his daughter, and raping her mother. The child had sustained 98 injuries between the ages of 2-4. At the fact finding, before Her Honour Judge Reardon, expert evidence included a paediatric haematologist, paediatrician, forensic analyst and doctors from 5 child protection medicals. Two leading silks represented two other parties, Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Sam Momtaz KC of chambers were also involved in the case.

    Emily practised criminal law to a high level earlier in her career, specialising in sexual offences and cases involving children. This practise has strengthened her family work given the frequent overlap in issues between the jurisdictions.

    In particular, Emily has prosecuted:

    • five defendants in a conspiracy to kidnap and rape (Operation Collywobbles) before HHJ Barrie at Isleworth CC.
    • a rape where the complainant lacked capacity to consent;
    • a campaign of rape by a man of his daughter over 10 years, resulting in the birth of a child. He also sexually abused his niece aged between 9-12;
    • a foster carer for rape and sexual abuse of two girls in his care many years before;
    • a father for raping his 10-year-old daughter whilst her mother was abroad.
  • Children (Private Law)

    Emily deals with cases involving residence or contact disputes to a high level, including parental alienation and complex intractable cases.

    Emily is instructed in international cases and has 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.

  • Court of Protection

    Emily accepts instructions in all aspects of Court of Protection work. She can represent family members incontested deputyship applications and advise and draft grounds for Mental Capacity Act cases. Emily has frequently dealt with Deprivation of Liberty cases concerning children. Due to her multi-disciplinary background, Emily is able to use her knowledge from both family, criminal and personal injury law when Court of Protectioncases straddle these areas. Emily is highly experienced in representing and advising vulnerable clients and their families, which lends itself to the Court of Protection work.

  • Notable Cases
  • What the Directories Say

    "Emily is a skilful and impressive advocate who is particularly adept at dealing with vulnerable witnesses." Tier 3 - Crime - Legal 500, 2023

    “An outstanding advocate who combines intellect with diplomacy.” Tier 3 - Crime - Legal 500, 2022

    "An outstanding advocate combining rare qualities of intellect and diplomacy. The modest attractive style is founded on real confidence." Tier 3 - Crime - Legal 500, 2021

    "She is always on top of all the facts and works well with prosecuting authorities." Legal 500, 2017

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