Emmeline practises in all of Chambers’ main areas of work, and has particular experience in employment, commercial disputes, public law and human rights, regulation, sport and safeguarding. She has appeared before a range of courts and tribunals, including the UK Supreme Court. She regularly appears unled in the Employment Tribunal, and has also appeared unled in the Queen's Bench Division and the Companies Court.

Highlights of Emmeline's practice include:

- acting unled for one of four departing employee defendants in urgent applications for delivery up, provision of information and enforcement of restrictive covenants and an application for a speedy trial (2022);

- acting for the claimant in a 6-week trial in the Employment Tribunal, bringing claims for whistleblowing and parental leave detriment (Zarembok v BP Plc and others, 2021); 

- acting for four charities intervening in the successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in Tavistock and Portman Trust v Bell [2021] EWCA Civ 1362, regarding the right of children and young people under 18 to consent to puberty blockers;

- acting for the successful appellant in her appeal to the Supreme Court in G v G [2021] UKSC 9, regarding the interrelationship between international and European Union law protecting refugees, and international law relating to child abduction.

Emmeline has taught employment law at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford since 2017. She has been a volunteer with the FRU since 2016, and Advocate since 2020, acting pro bono in various employment matters. She has completed Advocate's "25 for 25" this year. Before coming to the Bar, Emmeline qualified and worked as a social worker in child protection services. She went on to practice in a family court team, working with children and their families in care proceedings. She has a particular interest in legal issues relating to children's welfare and safeguarding. 

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Commercial

Emmeline accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation, and has particular experience of advising on contractual disputes.

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Employment

Emmeline accepts instructions in all areas of employment law. During pupillage, she worked on employment matters in the Employment Tribunal, High Court and Supreme Court. Since starting in practice, she has acted for the Respondent in successfully resisting an interim relief application, led by Diya Sen Gupta QC, and has acted for the Claimant in a 6-week whistleblowing and parental leave detriment trial in the Employment Tribunal, led by Craig Rajgopaul. She now regularly appears unled in the Employment Tribunal.

Emmeline has taught Employment Law at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford since 2017. 

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Employee Competition

Emmeline accepts instructions in relation to all employee competition issues and has experience (led and unled) of acting for both employers and employees, including in injunctive relief applications.

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Discrimination

Emmeline has experience in advising and acting for clients in relation to discrimination issues in the spheres of employment and service provision. Her clients include employers, employees, sports clubs and bodies, and charities.

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Public & Regulatory

Emmeline accepts instructions in all areas of public law and regulation. She has a particular interest in issues impacting children's rights having previously qualified and worked as a child protection social worker.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Emmeline accepts instructions in relation to civil liberties and human rights. She has a particular interest in issues impacting children's rights, and the right to family life, having previously qualified and worked as a child protection social worker.

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Sport

Emmeline is growing a strong sports practice, and has experience advising on commercial, governance, regulatory and employment issues for professional sports bodies. She has appeared regularly before a range of sports disciplinary tribunals, particularly in disciplinary and safeguarding matters, drawing upon her previous experience in social work practice.

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Safeguarding

Emmeline accepts all instructions involving safeguarding matters. She has a particular interest in this area, drawing on her previous professional experience as a child protection social worker.

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Achievements

Education

  • Classics BA (Oxon, Congratulatory First)

  • Law BA (Cantab, First)

  • BCL (Distinction)

  • Masters in Social Work (Bedfordshire, Distinction)


Prizes and scholarships

  • Peter Taylor Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2018-19)
  • Human Rights at Work Prize (BCL, University of Oxford, 2018)
  • Children, Families and the State Prize (BCL, University of Oxford, 2018)

  • BCL Scholarship (Jesus College and Law Faculty, 2017-18)

  • Wade Prize for Administrative Law (Part II, University of Cambridge, 2015)

  • Littleton Chambers Prize for Labour Law (Part II, University of Cambridge, 2015)

Publications

  • ‘Lift the Ban: A Right to Work for Asylum Seekers,’ (UK Labour Law Blog, 15 November 2018).

  • ‘The 2014-15 Legal Year in Overview: Criminal Law. Evidence and Procedure’ (The UK Supreme Court Yearbook, 2015).

  • ‘Profiting from Punishment: should the private sector run children’s prisons?’ (John Howard Essay Prize, 2012).

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Research interests

Emmeline has worked with Professors Catherine Barnard and Amy Ludlow on research projects on EU-8 migrants’ use of employment tribunals, and with Professors Jeremias and Abi Adams-Prassl on the impact of digital court reforms on access to justice.


Volunteering and Pro Bono

Emmeline interned at the Texas Defender Service, which provides legal services and representation for prisoners on death row in Texas, USA. She has also been a volunteer at FRU since 2016.

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