Emma Bennett

Called 2004


Emma Bennett is an extremely capable and adaptable advocate whose broad practice has given her vast experience of appearing alone and as a led junior. She has an extensive criminal law background which has led to her being instructed in some of the country’s most high profile cases.

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 is regularly instructed in trials and at inquests because she is known as a “robust advocate” [Chambers and Partners 2017] who “puts her clients at ease and wins over juries” [Legal 500 2016/2017], 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.

Emma has numerous years of costs experience.  She is frequently instructed for Claimants and Defendants at costs and case management hearings and detailed assessment hearings.

Emma has appeared at inquests on behalf of interested parties.

Clients have appreciated her criminal law background and her experience of presenting before juries when investigating the issues on their behalf.

Emma has a growing education law practice and is happy to accept instructions on behalf of local authorities and governing bodies of school and colleges.

Chambers and Partners

Recommended as a leading junior since 2013        

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.”

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.

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

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

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

Legal 500

Recommended as a leading junior since 2016

 She quickly masters a case and her clients love her

Her organisational skills and attention to detail are admirable.”

A fantastic barrister who puts her clients at ease and wins over juries.”

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association

Emma has been involved in some of the country’s most high profile cases.  She has also successfully appeared at the Court of Appeal in her own reported case which resulted in her clients conviction being quashed.

R v T [2013]All ER (D) 331

Emma acted for the appellant in an appeal against his conviction due to the Judge’s summing up in the Crown Court and adverse inference direction. Emma acted in the Crown Court and on appeal and secured a finding that the Judge’s directions was contrary to Section 34 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in that it was unfair and rendered the conviction unsafe.  The conviction was quashed and the prosecution’s application for a retrial was refused.

Operation Troop

Emma acted for a defendant in a joint enterprise gangland murder.  The victim was an alleged member of Rusholme Cripps and an affiliate of Salman Abedi, the Manchester Arena suicide bomber.  Emma was led by Gordon Cole QC.


Hillsborough Prosecutions

Emma was instructed as part of the disclosure team in the prosecution of 3 former police officers for their alleged involvement in the events arising out of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. All defendants were acquitted.

Operation Valgus

Emma acted a for surveyor George Walker in a £20 million mortgage fraud in a trial at Mould Crown Court lasting over 5 months.  Mr Walker was the only acquitted defendant. Emma was led by Richard Littler QC.


Operation Barber

Emma acted for a company director in a long firm fraud said to have taken place over several years and caused losses in excess of £4.5 million. The trial in Southwark Crown Court lasted for 2 months.


Operation Harehill and operation Doteford

Emma acted for defendant’s in high profile grooming gang prosecutions in the North of England.


  • Nottingham Law School LLB
  • Sheffield University Medical Law and Ethics LLM
  • University of Northumbria, Newcastle Bar Vocational Course
  • Kaplan Law School Direct Access Qualified
  • Authorised to conduct litigation