Emma has a broad commercial chancery practice in line with chambers’ profile. Her work covers a diverse range of complex disputes both in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division and in arbitration. Emma’s practice areas include general commercial disputes, company and trust disputes as well as aviation and civil fraud. Emma is also regularly involved in cases raising questions of private international law.
Emma has experience as an advocate appearing as sole counsel before the English High Court and the County Court. Emma also has experience acting as part of large multi-counsel teams both in English and international litigation and in international arbitral proceedings.
Before coming to the Bar, Emma studied law at the University of Cambridge graduating third in her year and receiving university prizes for Constitutional Law, EU Law and Conflicts of Laws. Emma then read for the BCL at the University of Oxford where she was awarded a Distinction and the Peter Birks Restitution Law Prize. Emma subsequently taught Contract Law at St Hilda’s college (Oxford) and worked as a research assistant for Professor Chen-Wishart.
Her recent highlights include:
- Optimares v Qatar Airways (2020 – ongoing): acting as junior counsel (led by Edward Cumming QC) in proceedings concerning the airline’s decision to terminate programmes for the design and manufacture of business class and economy aircraft seats; losses in excess of US$20 m are claimed. Emma has attended various interlocutory hearings as sole counsel.
- Commercial court proceedings (2021 – ongoing) concerning claims to enforce foreign judgments, declarations concerning beneficial ownership and claims under sections 423-425 Insolvency Act 1986 (led by Daniel Warents).
- Commercial court proceedings (2021 – ongoing) concerning a dispute between an investment bank and an Israeli data storage company where sums in excess of US$3m are in dispute. Emma acts as sole counsel.
- Commercial court proceedings (2020 – ongoing) concerning the termination of a lease for ISO shipping containers. Emma acts as sole counsel.
- Successfully resisting applications to vary a proprietary injunction in the Chancery Division (acting as sole counsel).
- An LCIA Arbitration (2019 – ongoing) concerning the manufacturing of electronic components for flight refuelling systems (led by Steven Thompson QC).
- An LCIA Arbitration (2019 – ongoing) involving international parties and nine consolidated claims relating to the manufacture and supply of aerospace components (led by Steven Thompson QC and Hugh Miall).
- Cathay Pacific Airways Limited v Lufthansa Technik AG  EWHC 1789 (Ch): a dispute involving claims arising out of the termination of a contract between two commercial airlines for the provision of jet engine maintenance services (led by Steven Thompson QC).
- An LCIA Arbitration involving claims for breaches of trust, fiduciary duties, dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy (led by Bajul Shah).
Full details of Emma’s experience are set out below.