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 clients involved in investigations and inquisitorial proceedings. Her background within criminal and regulatory proceedings has provided her with a balance of defence and prosecution experience and particular strength in dealing with complex, large scale matters.

Public law

Emily has represented clients involved in a number of high profile proceedings including the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry, the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry and the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes (the Stockwell Inquest).

She has 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 [2008] EWHC 524 (Admin) concerning article 8 privacy rights of third parties in mutual legal assistance proceedings.

Emily has a particular interest in the practical application and development of data protection and freedom of information legislation.

Regulatory and professional discipline

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

  • The Financial Reporting Council (formerly the Accountancy and Actuarial Disciplinary Board) 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 members of the Chief Police Officer’s Staff Association in connection with disciplinary and criminal investigations.

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 on behalf of organisations in both regulatory and criminal proceedings, Emily has specific expertise in handling the process of disclosure from both prosecution and defence perspectives.  She wrote a chapter on disclosure in "Kingsley Napley: Serious Fraud Investigation and Trial".

Internal investigations

Emily is a member of the firm’s Internal Investigations team with experience conducting sensitive internal investigations on behalf of corporates. She has acted on behalf of individuals in both internal interviews and subsequent investigatory interviews conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office. She is representing individuals involved in the on-going LIBOR investigations.

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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Comment from Emily

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

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