Emma Bennett

Called 2004

A go-to barrister, she loves a scrap and she usually wins!

Chambers & Partners 2015


Emma is described as “a strong junior” [Chambers and Partners, 2014] and “a go to barrister, who loves a scrap and usually wins!” [Chambers and Partners, 2015].  She specialises in high value personal injury and clinical negligence cases.  Emma is regularly instructed in trials because she is known as a “robust advocate” who “can stand her ground” [Chambers and Partners, 2017], a “real fighter and a rising star” [Chambers and Partners, 2013] and “she quickly masters a case and her clients love her” [Legal 500, 2018/2019].

Areas of Expertise


Emma has a thorough understanding of medical law being one of a small number of barristers who has obtained a Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics.  She has presented for the General Medical Council in a regulatory setting.  This frequently involved the cross examination of medical professionals.  Emma has also cross examined experts in numerous fields in her previous extensive criminal practice.  This vast experience in being able to cross examine experts and her extensive legal knowledge means that Emma is in very high demand for this type of work.

Emma likes to be involved in her cases from the beginning and is frequently asked to advise on cases pre-issue.  Emma is also instructed to draft pleadings, advise and attend interim and final hearings.  She prides herself on her very quick turnaround of paperwork.

Emma acts for multiple defendant insurers where dishonesty is in issue.

Emma was previously a criminal fraud barrister where she has been led and appeared alone in long trials concerning complext frauds.  She is adept at case strategy, drafting pleadings, managing voluminous disclosure and presenting it effectively and persuasively at Court.

Before trial, Emma is instructed to draft pleadings, advise on evidence and the next steps and attend conferences to cross examine the defendants and/or witnesses to assess the merits of any fraud finding.

Emma has civil fraud experience in both fast track and multi-track level trials.  Those trials most frequently involve low velocity impact, those of phantom passengers, staged accidents and exaggeration.  Emma has secured findings of exaggeration and fundamental dishonesty against Claimants and is also comfortable conducting commital proceedings.

Emma’s practice includes complex and valuable personal injury litigation.

She has experience of the full range of injuries including brain, spinal, amputations and fatalities.  Emma has also worked on multi-party actions including those arising out of product liability and accidents abroad.

Emma is instructed to draft pleadings and to advise on cases.  She has an extremely quick turnaround of paperwork.

Emma is most sought after for her extensive trial advocacy experience.  She has previously appeared in high profile fraud trials lasting many months in the criminal courts and her civil clients appreciate this breadth of expertise and aptitude for cross examination.

Emma has experience of claims where the underlying allegations concerns the handling of injury litigation. She has a great deal of experience cross examining legal, medical and financial professionals at trial.

Legal 500 2018/2019 "She quickly masters a case and her clients love her."

2017/2018 "Her organisational skills and attention to detail are admirable."

2016/2017 "A fantastic barrister who puts her clients at ease and wins over juries."

Chambers and Partners 2017 "Her relationship with clients is very good. She is a robust advocate, but in a reassuringly calm way." "She's great on her feet and can stand her ground."

2016 "Emma is incredibly hard working and a delight to work with. She takes away the solicitor burden in the amount of work she takes on."

2015 "A go-to barrister, she loves a scrap and she usually wins!"

2014 "A strong junior with wide ranging experience across fraud, sexual offences, serious violence and drugs matters."

2013 "Having arrived from London has made her presence felt...One solicitor commenting that she is a real fighter and rising star."

Personal Injuries Bar Association Professional Negligence Bar Association

LLB, Nottingham Law School LLM in Medical Law and Ethics, Sheffield University Public access qualified