Emma is regularly instructed in cases of a serious, complex and often multi-handed nature. Recently, Emma has spent three months as a led junior representing a client alleged to be the head of a heroin and cocaine racket operating in Merseyside, and three months appearing as led junior for the defence in a case concerning a nationwide conspiracy to cause explosions. She has developed a reputation for her expertise in dealing with complex telecommunications evidence.
Emma defends clients charged with serious sexual offences, including allegations of offences against children. She has dealt with a number of historic sexual allegations. She has particular expertise dealing with vulnerable witnesses and defendants, including youths.
R v AP (2018): Acted as junior alone for a 78-year-old retired teacher accused of the historic indecent assault of two primary school pupils in 1978. The defendant was unanimously acquitted.
R v JG (2018): Appeared for the second defendant, a prisoner officer accused of seriously assaulting an inmate at HMP Swaleside. The defendant was unanimously acquitted.
R v CL (2018): Led by Ben Gordon, appeared on behalf of one of four prison officers charged with misconduct in public office. The charges arose out of an undercover investigation conducted by the BBC’s ‘Panorama’ programme into juvenile prison MSTC run by G4S. Defendant acquitted of all counts after a 9-week trial.
R v GM (2018): As junior alone, secured unanimous acquittals in a historic sex case. Emma’s client was accused of indecently assaulting two sisters aged 6 and 7 in 1981. The allegations were first reported to the police in 2015 and 2017.
R v Gower & others (2018): As junior alone for the Crown, prosecuted a conspiracy to supply five kilograms of cocaine.
R v AB (2017): As junior alone, acted for a newly qualified female teacher who pleaded guilty to having a consensual sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male pupil. The case attracted international media attention.
R v NO (2017): Represented a teacher of 47 years’ standing charged with sexually assaulting a teenage student. A successful submission of no case to answer was made. The case was featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘File of 4’ programme in February 2018 in respect of disclosure failings.
R v TLT (2017): Appeared for the lead defendant in a planned aggravated burglary of the address of two “high-class escorts” in Knightsbridge.
R v NM ‘Operation Sydney’ (2017): Appeared as led junior for one of eight defendants charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and commit commercial burglaries. The charges related to a nationwide campaign of thefts from ATMs employing either ‘gas attack’ or ‘drag out’ methods. The case involved complex telecommunications evidence.
R v KD (2017): Appearing as junior alone, secured the unanimous acquittal of a man of good character charged with assault by penetration and sexual assault of a ten-year-old girl. The defence was one of fabrication.
R v GW & another (2017): Appearing as junior alone, secured the unanimous acquittal of a prison officer charged with misconduct in public office. It was alleged that she conspired with her senior officer to plant an improvised weapon in the cell of a prisoner who had assaulted a colleague by ‘potting’.
R v Leon Grant  EWCA Crim 414 (Court of Appeal, Criminal Division): Successful appeal against conviction for domestic assault in respect of a jury irregularity.
R v Mark Chandler (2017): Appeared as junior alone for a defendant charged with possession of two kilograms of heroin with intention to supply.
R v Tony Hackett ‘Operation Cygnet’ (2016): Acted as junior alone for a defendant in a thirteen-handed football violent disorder between Arsenal and West Ham supporters. Emma’s client was the only defendant to be spared an immediate custodial sentence.
R v JO (2016): Appearing on a certificate for counsel for a 15-year-old defendant charged with three other male juveniles with serious sexual offences against a female classmate on school premises. The defendant was acquitted of two of the three charges against him and avoided notification.
R v Kyle Sheils ‘Operation Supola’ (2016): Led by Tarquin McCalla for the lead defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine. The case last for three months and the papers served exceeded 150,000 pages. The case involved extensive and complex telecommunications evidence.
R v JA and another ‘Operation Okha’ (2016): Acted for the second defendant alleged to have acted in joint enterprise with his brother by stabbing a young male twice. The offence was gang-related. Successful submission of no case to answer in respect of the section 18 GBH charge.
R v LO (2016): Defended in a nine-handed conspiracy to handle stolen goods. High value goods from Louis Vuitton, Sloane Street were stolen during a ‘smash-and-grab’ burglary.
R v IY ‘Operation Gravati’ (2016): Acted as junior alone for the second defendant charged with possessing and discharging a Skorpion submachine gun with intent to endanger life. The Prosecution offered no evidence two weeks prior to trial.
R v TD (2015): Acting as junior alone secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with arson with intent to endanger life (setting fire to a residential home with occupants inside). The case involved extensive legal argument.
R v PFH (2015): Acted as junior alone for a defendant charged with carrying out an ammonia attack. The defendant was acquitted of the assault.
R v AR & ors ‘Operation Kelpie’ (2015): Appeared for the third defendant in a nine-handed prosecution concerning the organised criminal activities of a group of men from Essex. The defendants faced charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
R v Sherrine Xavier  EWCA Crim 50: Successful appeal against sentence in a three-handed case of conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. The defendant received a non-custodial sentence. The case was reported, the Court of Appeal revisiting the definition of ‘vulnerable victim’.
R v OO (2014): Represented a 15-year-old boy charged with a series of sexual offences against a girl under the age of 13, including rape.
R v Gary Dobson (2011): As Stephen Moses QC’s pupil, assisted the defence team for Gary Dobson who was charged with and later convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.