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Emily’s practice encompasses a broad range of chancery and commercial work. She is particularly experienced in both the litigation and advisory sides of the law relating to pension schemes, trusts, estates and taxation. Whilst her practice has an emphasis on matters involving complex technical issues, such as those with a significant actuarial or mathematical content, she has a reputation for giving clear, practical and commercial advice and being very user-friendly. Emily has a working knowledge of German, of which she is a fluent reader.
In her spare time, Emily is in her third year of a part-time BSc course in Mathematics. She has recently been awarded a Leslie Walshaw prize by the Open University. She is a member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
On the pensions side, Emily has significant experience of pensions litigation (including regulatory work, professional negligence and rectification claims) and she regularly advises on issues including scheme funding, the scope of powers in pension schemes and the effect of mistakes in pension scheme documents. Complementing her pensions practice, Emily has a broad private client practice. She acts in a range of contentious and non-contentious trust and estate litigation, including cases with a foreign element. She advises on a wide range of issues with an emphasis on private wealth planning, tax and the drafting of trust documentation.
Emily is recommended in the legal directories in the following categories: Pensions, Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Trusts, and Chancery: Traditional.
Emily was ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the Year 2014.
The Chambers & Partners 2020 edition describes her as “really, really bright”, “she’s highly regarded at the Bar and she has a very good theoretical grasp of the law”. Furthermore, “she has a sharp intellect and notable attention to detail while maintaining a strategic overview. She has an outstanding ability to grasp and argue technical financial and actuarial issues”. The Legal 500 2020 edition says Emily is “a simply brilliant junior”, who is “very organised, highly intelligent, strategically sound and very accessible”.
The Legal 500 2019 edition says ‘she has a sharp intellect and provides silk-quality advice’, also noting her as being ‘insightful, wise and brilliant’.
The Chambers & Partners 2018 edition describes her as “very intelligent, and her work is always well considered, detailed and comprehensive”; “she is excellent on very technical issues, great at working to deadlines, her advice is very robust when needed and she has a good advocacy style”. “Extremely practical, succinct in her advice and a pleasure to work with”, the guide also notes that she “really knows all the intricacies of the law and has a good grasp of many subjects”. “She is extremely bright and very hard-working.”