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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. She is frequently praised by legal directories for her incisiveness. Emily is a fluent German speaker.
In her spare time, Emily is in her fourth year of a part-time BSc course in Mathematics. 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 awarded Best Lawyers’ 2021 Lawyer of the Year for ‘Trusts and Personal Tax Law – London’ and ACTAPS ‘Contentious Barrister of the Year’ 2014.
The 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners highlights Emily by saying, “She always has eyes for the ultimate position for the client.” Furthermore, Emily is described as having “a superb intellect and a highly impressive, logical manner. She is very sharp and tough, although courteous in court. She is very hard-working, and prepared to be intensely involved when necessary. A friendly and approachable counsel.” Additionally, Emily is a “no-nonsense practitioner with a very fine mind, who cuts through any amount of idiocy. She is so terribly clever and has this ability to scythe through endless reams of paper and muddled thinking to get to clear and sensible solutions.” The guide also notes that “she is very committed and will not back down.”
The Legal 500 2021 edition notes that Emily has ‘excellent analytical skills and intellect.’ Emily is ‘able to grasp a lot of information and assimilate it quickly.’ Clients say ‘we very much value her ability to explain complex issues clearly, in a way that clients can understand.’
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’.