Emma accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work and is developing a broad practice in particular in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Professional Discipline, Inquests, Public Inquiries, Public Law and Human Rights. She has a First Class Honours degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School.
Emma joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2016 following successful completion of her pupillage. Since then Emma has been instructed for a key Core Participant in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. She has also developed a practice in criminal prosecution, regularly appearing in the Magistrate’s Court, has appeared in the Information Tribunal and has been instructed in a range of county court matters, including costs, case management and bankruptcy.
Emma has worked across Chambers’ practice areas by assisting senior and junior members of Chambers. This includes experience:
- Advising on the merits of a complex historic child abuse claim and drafting the letter of claim;
- Settling Particulars of Claim in respect of systemic hospital failures resulting in stillbirth;
- Advising on the merits of a secondary victim psychiatric harm claim;
- Settling a Counter Schedule in a high-value clinical negligence claim concerning alleged loss of vision
- Advising on a third party intervention in respect of the operation of the 2010 Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents
- Settling a Skeleton and Detailed Grounds in an unlawful detention case
- Settling the Application Notice, Particulars of Claim and Draft Order relating to an urgent ex parte application for an interim injunction pursuant to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997
Further Relevant Experience
Before coming to the bar, Emma spent two years at the AIRE Centre, a specialist legal charity where she advised and represented individuals in matters of EU free movement of persons, EU social security, anti-discrimination and ECHR law. This included working on litigation before the European Court of Human Rights and domestic courts, establishing a monthly legal clinic for Roma migrants in Luton and representing individuals before the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).
Emma also spent two years as a Parliamentary Aide to Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, in particular assisting his work as a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and in human rights analysis of draft legislation.
She gained further experience as a legal trainee at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (UK Division), as an intern on the case involving Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague and working for the Innocence Project while studying at Washington and Lee University, Virginia.
Emma has a First Class Honours Law Degree (LL.B) from Trinity College Dublin. She spent a year of her undergraduate studying at Washington and Lee University Law School in Virginia, USA. She has a Masters in Law (LL.M) from Harvard Law School, Massachusetts.
LL.B, Trinity College Dublin (2010)
LL.M, Harvard Law School, Massachusetts (2011)
Bar Professional Training Course, BPP, London (2014)
Prizes and Awards
Lady Templeman Award, Middle Temple (2015)
Jules Thorn Scholarship and Blackstone Exhibition Award, Middle Temple (2012)
Satter Harvard Law School Human Rights Fellowship (2011)
John F. Kennedy Award for post-graduate study, National University of Ireland (2010)
Julian Prize for 2nd place overall in degree results, Trinity College Dublin (2010)
First Class Honours Book Prize for 3rd year exam results, Trinity College Dublin (2009)
Scholar, Trinity College Dublin (2008)
Entrance Exhibition Award, Trinity College Dublin (2005)
Emma co-edits the AIRE Centre Guide on ECHR Discrimination Law. She regularly contributes updates on ECHR case law development.
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