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Emily has managed a substantial and complex caseload of private litigation and judicial review claims on behalf of various government departments including unlawful detention, personal injury, freedom of information, civil claims, and inquests. Emily was also the joint lead on a large-scale multi claimant personal injury claim against a central government department, supporting senior counsel with confidential joint settlement mediations.
As an advisory lawyer at the Home Office for a number of years, she has provided robust legal advice on high profile issues including modern slavery and human trafficking, asylum support and accommodation, visas and border control, and most recently the UK implementation of the Citizens Rights Withdrawal Agreement following EU Exit. Emily has extensive experience coordinating advice across government departments and direct Ministerial exposure. Emily also provided legal support and strategic oversight as the lead lawyer on high-profile litigation before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. This included a number of complex challenges raising alleged breaches of Article 2, 3 and 5 ECHR during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Emily has experience drafting secondary legislation and has acted as the Deputy Lead Lawyer on a cross-cutting EU Exit Bill.
Jurisdiction: England & Wales
Senior advisory lawyer leading on the provision of asylum accommodation and support in the Home Office.
Acting as the lead lawyer on complex judicial review challenges during the Covid 19 pandemic including NB & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department EWHC 1489 (Admin)). Working closely with senior Counsel and advising clients on public law risks and litigation process
Providing oral and written advice to senior Ministers
Working closely with policy colleagues to test proposals for a programme of policy reform to ensure compliance with domestic and international legal obligations.
Senior advisory lawyer leading on the development and implementation of the Ukraine Scheme, providing a visa route to the UK for thousands of people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine.
Drafting immigration rules and associated guidance to ensure effective implementation of the policy, and to respond to a rapidly evolving situation
Working closely with policy colleagues to test instructions and advise on the legislative framework and wider public law risks.
Collaborating with clients, stakeholders, and legal teams across government departments to advise on consequential amendments and ensure a coordinated approach.
Working on a high-profile inquest into a terror related attack in Forbury Gardens Reading in June 2020. Involves:
Providing support and assistance to the Judge Coroner and Counsel to the Inquest in a small team, liaising with a large number of Interested Persons and ensuring the smooth running of the inquest
Leading on the coronial disclosure process to ensure timely and effective disclosure to all Interested Persons. Involves reviewing a high volume of documents including sensitive material subject to a national security disclosure protocol.