Emily Carter


Public Law

...‘can absorb vast amounts of novel and complex information and drill it down to the core issues’...

Legal 500 UK

Emily is a partner within the Public Law team specialising in representing both individuals and organisations involved in large scale inquisitorial proceedings and investigations. Her background in criminal and regulatory proceedings has provided her with a balance of defence and prosecution experience, as well as insight into the complex demands upon clients involved in such proceedings. 

Inquiries and inquests   

Emily has represented clients involved in a number of high profile proceedings dealing with matters of particular complexity and sensitivity in health, financial, police and military sectors. She is able to navigate her clients through lengthy proceedings involving the management of significant quantities of evidence, advising upon case presentation, dealing with critical associated issues such as data protection compliance and protection of legal professional privilege, as well as representations upon the final report.

Notable Cases

  • Organisations in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • The FCA / PRA independent investigation into the failure of HBOS
  • The Davis Inquiry into FCA briefing of business plan in March 2014
  • Patient safety charities in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry
  • Soldiers in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry
  • Senior police officers in the “Stockwell Inquest” into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes


Her understanding of the coroners’ courts has enabled her to guide families and other individuals through inquest proceedings, including within the fields of healthcare and military service. 

Information law

Emily has a particular interest in the practical application of data protection legislation, including corporate compliance ahead of the GDPR being introduced in 2018. She advises individuals on subject access requests, as well as the rectification and deletion of data, especially with respect to data held by the police service and Disclosure and Barring Service.  Emily is experienced in advising organisations providing evidence in investigations on the data protection obligations owed to individuals. She assists both those making and receiving applications for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Judicial review

Emily advises in relation to judicial review proceedings, including pre-action correspondence . She advises upon public law remedies across the areas of her work, including inquest and inquiry proceedings, misconduct and disciplinary proceedings.

Internal investigations

Emily is a member of the firm’s internal investigations team with experience conducting sensitive internal investigations on behalf of corporates as well as representing individuals  with respect to intellectual property theft, corruption and LIBOR-fixing. She has acted on behalf of individuals in internal interviews ahead of investigatory interviews conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office.

Regulatory and professional discipline proceedings

Emily has acted on behalf of a range of regulatory bodies:

  • The Financial Reporting Council in proceedings against accountancy professionals in matters of significant public interest.
  • The Security Industry Authority undertaking licensing appeals and conducting one of the first significant criminal prosecutions undertaken by the body in the Crown Court.
  • The Health Professions Council investigating and presenting fitness to practice cases before its practice committees.
  • She also acts for senior police officers of the Chief Police Officer’s Staff Association in connection with disciplinary and criminal investigations, including those conducted by IPCC.

Criminal investigation and litigation

Emily has represented clients at every stage of the criminal process from investigation to appeal and confiscation. She has extensive experience acting in matters involving Serious Fraud Office investigations into complex fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Arising from her experience acting in both regulatory and criminal proceedings, Emily has specific expertise in handling the process of pre-hearing disclosure from both prosecution and defence perspectives.

Emily qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1999 having studied law and criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003.

Professional societies and memberships


The ‘highly professional and knowledgeable’ 

Legal 500 UK, 2016

...‘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

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Being a witness or victim of crime can be a challenging experience. We guide victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system.

Public Law

Our 'exceptional' team has over 25 years' experience, acting in the most significant public law cases.


Our team of highly experienced lawyers provide advice on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.


Our experienced and empathetic lawyers provide legal advice and guidance to individuals and companies who are victims of crime.


Our team has an established record of representing families, other interested persons and witnesses at inquests.

Comment from Emily

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The end of the duty of candour double standard?

European Parliament demands legal communications are protected from surveillance

Watch this space: Domestic CCTV cameras and public areas

eBay and the biggest hack in history - what can the Information Commissioner do now?

The publication of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry report: a time to pause

Supreme Court approves CPS policy on discontinuing private prosecutions – but only just...

The Serious Fraud Office and self-reporting: recalibrating the risk

Discontinuing private prosecutions: Should the DPP have the last word?

A Chief Coroner at long last... but what difference will he make?

London Metropolitan University: Any chance of challenging the UKBA?

The Post-Legislative Review of the Freedom of Information Act: A vote of confidence in the ministerial veto

The Operator: Watching out for CCTV - premises licence conditions and data protection obligations

Disclosure of government documents and the ministerial veto: When will the Information Commissioner take up the challenge?

The Freedom of Information Act: Exposing the Inner Workings of Government?

The E-Regulator: New guidance on the “regulatory activity” exemption in the Data Protection Act

The Regulator: When personal data is lost, stolen or falls into the wrong hands

Effective data security: The time to act is now

The new Duty of Candour: The first priority for NHS managers

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