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Emma Walker

Associate solicitor

Emma is a member of the firm's regulatory and disciplinary department

Emma is an associate solicitor in Leigh Day’s regulatory and disciplinary team, where she acts for professionals in their dealings with their regulators.

What our clients say

Without her support, I think I would have fallen apart. She gave a really incredible amount of support.

What people say

Emma is listed under Star Associates in Chambers and Partners 2022

"She is efficient, dedicated and prepared to work long hours."

"She's a very efficient and proactive lawyer - you ask her to do things and she's already thought of it!"

Legal expertise

Emma advises a range of professionals, including social workers regulated by Social Work England (SWE) and occupational therapists regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), with particular expertise in solicitors’ discipline, where she advises individuals and firms subject to investigation or prosecution by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

This includes advising and supporting clients with queries on complying with their regulatory obligations, including ethical decision-making and reporting, responding to enquiries or questions, investigations and prosecutions by their regulators.

Emma’s recent work has included:

  • advising and assisting a solicitor to respond to an SRA investigation following allegations of misconduct and dishonesty by a former employer, with the outcome that the SRA decided to take no further action;
  • acting for a social worker in fitness to practise proceedings brought by Social Work England;
  • representing a solicitor and notary public in an 11-day hearing in the SDT;
  • advising a junior solicitor about self-reporting to their employer and the SRA, with the result that the SRA confirmed it was not investigating the solicitor’s conduct;
  • advising an occupational therapist in a fitness to practise investigation by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), relating to their personal life;
  • advising a trainee in connection with a potential discrimination claim and an application for admission to the Roll of Solicitors via Equivalent Means;
  • advising a charity on its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • acting for a junior solicitor in their high-profile successful appeal against the SDT’s decision to strike them from the Roll for dishonesty in the context of mental health conditions, resulting in a remittal to the SDT, before the SRA concluded that a re-hearing of the allegations would not be in the public interest, providing practising certificate conditions were agreed;
  • advising a trainee solicitor about a regulatory investigation following dishonesty allegations reported by their previous employer, with the result that the SRA decided to close its investigation with a warning;
  • acting for a solicitor in their appeal to the Divisional Court and then the Court of Appeal, flowing from a decision by the SDT to strike them from the Roll for dishonesty.
  • advising General Counsel in connection with an SRA investigation into their conduct, resulting in an Agreed Outcome being approved by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal;
  • advising a junior solicitor to respond to an SRA investigation following allegations of misconduct and dishonesty by their former employer, with the outcome that the SRA decided to close its investigation with no further action.

Between April 2015 and October 2018, Emma worked as part of the in-house defence team that successfully defended Leigh Day and three of its solicitors against allegations made by the SRA, in a complex and high-profile investigation, prosecution and appeal.

Emma has a particular interest in mental and physical wellbeing in the regulatory context, both in terms of how health affects the quality of decisions made by professionals and the impact of regulatory and professional disciplinary matters on individual practitioners. Emma explores these subjects through articles and updates, including through the team’s monthly ethics column in the Solicitors Journal.

What the directories say

Emma is very good on the details and knows her cases backwards - she takes a 'no stone left unturned' approach.

Chambers and partners 2022

Emma Walker in the news

  • Struck-off junior Matthews free to practise after two-year ordeal LSG, 11 April 2022
  • SRA decides against retrial of junior solicitor who left case on train Legal Futures, 11 April 2022 
  • Junior solicitor’s case is concluded without second Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing, Leigh Day, 11 April 2022
  • “Beckwith: SRA’s credibility questioned following chair’s statement” - Solicitors Journal, 23 December 2020
  • SRA sees small firm practitioners as “easy targets” - Legal Futures, 12 November 2020
  • “Lawyers stump up £10k to back banned junior’s appeal” - Law Society Gazette, 18 May 2020
  • “Exclusive: Struck-off junior files appeal with pro bono help” - Law Society Gazette, 22 May 2020
  • “Legal profession "dangerously exposed" amid underinsurance” - Insurance Business UK, 15 January 2020

Articles and updates

Membership

In May 2020, Emma was appointed a champion for LawCare, the charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing throughout the legal community. She is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Law Society’s Risk & Compliance division.

Blogs and news

Blog Post
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Regulatory and disciplinary regulated professionals

Disclosing information to your employer

In this guide employment solicitor Nick Webster and regulatory solicitor Emma Walker discuss issues that can arise regarding disclosing information to your employer or potential employer.

News Article
Regulatory and disciplinary SRA discipline

Junior solicitor’s case is concluded without second Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing

 A junior solicitor has been spared a second hearing in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

Blog Post
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Solicitors Regulation Authority Solicitors online reviews law firm online reviews Regulatory and disicplinary

Successfully navigating online comparison and review

Emma Walker discusses the challenges of online comparisons and reviews for law firms and their staff

Blog Post
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Regulatory and disciplinary

To err is human; to forgive, divine

Accreditations