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In recent years, building upon her considerable experience representing clients in both criminal and regulatory proceedings, Emily has become increasingly involved in inquisitorial proceedings and other areas of public law. Given the increasing overlap between all three areas of law, her unique legal background continues to prove invaluable in her current practice.
Emily has been involved in a number of high profile public inquiries and inquests. In 2008, she represented the senior commanders in the inquest into the death into Jean Charles de Menezes and was a member of the Kingsley Napley team acting on behalf of military witnesses in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry in 2009 - 2011. She has considerable experience assisting families through the process of preparing and attending inquests. Her familiarity with inquisitorial proceedings ensures she provides clear and sensible advice and support to those involved in such proceedings.
Having acted on behalf of the Health Professions Council (HPC) for many years, investigating and presenting fitness to practice cases before its practice committees, Emily has a particular interest in the issues surrounding healthcare provision. She is currently acting on behalf of two core participants in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry, which has been established following the serious failings identified within this trust to consider the operation of commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies.
She has also been involved in judicial review cases arising from her criminal and inquest practice, including representing claimants in the significant case of R (Hafner) v Westminster Magistrates Court  EWHC 524 (Admin) concerning article 8 privacy rights of third parties in mutual legal assistance proceedings.
Emily has a balance of defence and prosecution experience in criminal and regulatory proceedings, providing her with particular insight into both sides of the process. Emily has represented clients at every stage of the criminal process from investigation to appeal and restraint / confiscation, from general criminal matters to complex fraud and money laundering. Alongside her defence practice, Emily acted for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in one of the first significant criminal prosecutions undertaken by the body in the Crown Court, which was commenced in 2007 and successfully concluded in 2010. She has also acted in connection with regulatory proceedings brought by the Accountancy and Actuarial Disciplinary Board concluded in 2011.
She has been involved in a number of sensitive internal company investigations – both isolating and identifying relevant evidence and advising on both regulatory and criminal issues arising.
Emily qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1999 having studied law and criminology at Victoria University in Wellington. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003.
"...‘can absorb vast amounts of novel and complex information and drill it down to the core issues’..."
Legal 500 UK, 2012
"Sources say she is 'very bright' and praise her 'good clients skills'..."
Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013