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Emily is a partner within the Public Law team specialising in information law, inquests, inquiries and internal investigations. Her background in criminal and regulatory proceedings, both defending and prosecuting, equips her to fully support clients involved in complex investigative processes. She is described as “precisely the kind of solicitor a client wants when the going gets tough” (Legal 500 UK 2021).
Emily advises companies, regulatory bodies, charities and individuals upon the application of data protection legislation, especially concerning matters of sensitivity or dispute, including:
Emily has a particular interest in the application of data protection law to children’s data. She also advises those making and receiving applications for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Inquiries, inquests and independent investigations
Emily has represented individuals and organisations in a number of large scale, high profile inquiries including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry, the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry and the Baha Mousa Inquiry. She advised individual witnesses within the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) independent investigation into the failure of HBOS and the Davis Inquiry into FCA briefing of business plan in March.
She supports her clients through the inquisitorial process including the management of significant quantities of evidence, advising upon data protection compliance and the protection of legal professional privilege, and responding to criticisms upon the final report.
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.
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:
Criminal investigation and litigation
Emily has represented clients at every stage of the criminal process from investigation to appeal and confiscation.
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.
Emily Carter is superb, incredibly approachable and precisely the kind of solicitor a client wants when the going gets tough. She is hands-on and firm."
Legal 500 UK 2021
Emily Carter is an immensely able professional. We have been working with her for five years now. What is outstanding is her capacity to manage complex issues in the wider context and to provide excellent legal advice, whilst still acknowledging the human realities which underpin public law issues. She is a consummate and caring professional and human being."
Legal 500 UK 2021
Stand-out partner Emily Carter.... They are market leaders, but maintain a courteous manner in dealing with opponents, all the while protecting their client’s interests to the best of their ability. They are genuinely interested in and impressive contributors to public law."
Legal 500 UK 2021
Legal 500 UK, 2019
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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