Emily represents claimants and respondents at all stages in proceedings including preliminary hearings, judicial mediations, final hearings, and costs hearings. Emily also advises on strategy and case management, and assists with drafting pleadings, witness statements, and applications.
Recent instructions include:
- Junior Counsel to Simon Cheetham KC representing a claimant in a 15-day whistleblowing trial.
- Counsel for a successful respondent in a 7-day whistleblowing trial.
- Counsel for a successful respondent in a 2-day unfair dismissal trial followed by a successful costs hearing in which the respondent recovered costs from the date of its costs warning letter.
- Counsel for a successful respondent in a 3-day unfair dismissal trial related to Covid-19.
- Counsel for a successful respondent in a 2-day TUPE trial.
- Instructed to draft a witness statement for a High Court injunction concerning employee theft of confidential information from a tech company.
- Instructed as junior to Betsan Criddle KC to assist with drafting the management side case for an MHPS disciplinary hearing.
- Instructed to draft Grounds of Resistance for a finance research firm to defend a claim of race discrimination, disability discrimination, and unfair dismissal. Emily was also instructed to represent the respondent at the subsequent preliminary hearing, after which the case settled.
- Instructed to draft Grounds of Resistance for a manufacturing company to defend a claim of age discrimination and unfair dismissal. Emily is also instructed to represent the respondent at the subsequent open preliminary hearing on employment status.
- Represented various claimants in Judicial Mediations concerning race discrimination and redundancy unfair dismissals.
- Counsel for a successful respondent at an open preliminary hearing where a claim was struck out as an abuse of process and the respondent recovered its costs from the date of its costs warning letter.
Emily is keen to develop an appellate practice. Emily shadowed Tom Kirk in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Seccombe v Reed in Partnership Limited UKEAT/0217/20 concerning whether a mental impairment met the “long term” requirement of the definition of disability and the extent to which what a claimant says to others about their impairment can be taken into account in assessing disability.
Emily is also interested in investigations and has experience of high profile and highly sensitive investigations both from advising on and conducting investigations as a solicitor and from observing various senior members of chambers, including Simon Cheetham KC, Eleena Misra, Cyril Adjei, and Elizabeth Melville.