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Since September 2018, Emma has worked in Leigh Day’s regulatory and disciplinary team, where she advises and supports clients with compliance and regulatory matters.  Emma’s recent work has included designing a number of policies and procedures to achieve regulatory compliance and advising a charity on its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation.

From early 2015, Emma worked as part of the team defending Leigh Day and three of its solicitors against allegations and charges made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, arising out of the Al Sweady Public Inquiry.  From August 2016 through to August 2017, Emma acted as the lead solicitor of Leigh Day’s team, which saw the hearing in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal run from April to June 2017.  Having successfully defended the case in the Tribunal, Emma then worked on the successful defence of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s appeal to the High Court, between January and October 2018.  In April 2018 Emma was promoted to Associate. 

Emma has a particular interest in mental and physical wellbeing in the regulatory context, both in terms of the quality of decisions made by professionals who are unwell and also the impact of regulatory matters on individual practitioners.  Since the outset of her legal career, Emma has believed in access to justice for all and this continues to be an important focus in her practice.  She continues to explore these subjects through a number of activities, including a recent series of roundtable discussions around the country and publication of a number of online articles.

Emma joined Leigh Day’s international team on qualification in December 2012, where she acted in government and corporate accountability cases on behalf of claimants who had been injured or suffered losses at the hands multinational corporations or government policies.  That work built on her training at a firm specialising in social welfare law, where she advised and assisted clients to have their rights recognised by central and local government.

Emma is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Law Society’s Risk and Compliance division.

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