Emma’s criminal defence practice encompasses the full spectrum of offences including serious and sensitive sexual offences (including grooming, familial rape and historic allegations), violence, fraud, money laundering and confiscation.

In recent years she has been instructed as junior counsel in a series of factually complicated, document heavy high profile multi-million pound fraud cases.

She also prosecutes and has achieved a place on the CPS Advocacy Panel as a rape specialist at level three and prosecutes individuals on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Emma has very quickly established herself as one of the leading juniors on the circuit. Recommendations from her peers in Chambers and Partners for the last four years are testament to her popularity and tenacity in Court.

Criminal Cases


Operation Valgus; Instructed by Burton Copeland.  VHCC

Acting for surveyor, George Walker in a £20 million mortgage fraud, secured the only acquittal in a trial lasting over 5 months (Jan-June 2013) and involving over 50,000 pages of evidence.

The case received a lot of press interest due to the size and scale of the fraud.  See the following link;

Operation Barber; Instructed by Cunningham Draycott Browne.  VHCC

Acted for a company director in a multi handed alleged long firm fraud which is said to have taken place over several years and caused losses in excess of £4.5 million.


Operation Doteford; instructed by Chambers Solicitors

Acted for one of 12 defendants charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.  The case involved the cross examination of a young complainant about sensitive family and sexual issues.  It also involved legal argument on the interpretation of ‘incitement’ which is currently subject to an appeal.

Operation Harehill; instructed by Carr & Co

Acted for one of 25 defendants charged with various sexual grooming offences against 2 young and educationally vulnerable complainants.


R v Clarke; Instructed by ABR

Acted for defendant charged with rape of his step-daughter.  The trial involved sensitive handling of witnesses as all the defendants’ children gave evidence for either the Prosecution or in his defence.

R v Gordan; Instructed by Howard & Byrne

Acted for defendant representing a mother accused of raping and sexually assaulting her natural daughter.  The mother facilitated her husbands abuse by allowing him access to her mentally handicapped daughter.

R v Temple; Instructed by Olliers

Acted for the Defendant accused of raping an underage girl in his taxi.  The Defendant was acquitted.

R v Rehman; Instructed by Murrays Solicitors

Acted for Defendant accused of historic rapes on his natural daughters and nieces.


R v T [2013] All ER (D) 331

Acted for the appellant in an appeal conviction where the Judges summing up and adverse inference direction, contrary to Section 34 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, was ruled unfair and led to a finding that the conviction was unsafe.  Conviction quashed and application for a retrial refused.