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Emma Clarke

Year of call 2021, Inner Temple  

Areas of Expertise

Scholarships and Prizes:

Winner, ESU/Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition (2018)
Runner up, Inner Temple Magna Carta Moot (2018)
Student Impact Award in recognition of Exceptional Achievement, University of Salford (2018)
Finalist, Commonwealth CLEA Moot Competition, Representing the United Kingdom (2019)
Advocacy Award, BPP University (2020)
Excellence Award, BPP University (2020)
Major Scholarship, Inner Temple (2020)
Ward Hadaway Prize for Community Service, University of Salford (2020)


Barristers Training Course, BPP University: Merit (Very Competent) (2021)
LLB (Hons) with Professional Placement, University of Salford: First Class Honours (2020)

Emma is now in her first year of practice following successful completion of pupillage under the supervision of Phil Barnes.

Since completing pupillage, Emma has developed a busy court practice, acting in cases involving the most serious violence, offensive weapons, dishonesty, multi-count sexual offences and frauds, and the supply of illegal drugs as well was proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

She has gained valuable trial experience, including making successful ‘no case’ submissions when defending, and securing convictions in prosecution cases despite having to rely on hearsay applications because of absent witnesses. She has gained experience in assisting particularly challenging clients with mental health vulnerabilities and prides herself on a client-focused approach.

Emma has quickly moved up the ranks to become a Category 2 prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service’s Advocates Panel, and is also a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ Panel, under which she is currently assisting with the Public Covid-19 Public Inquiry.  

Emma also has experience in private prosecution work. She has successfully represented the DVLA in matters on appeal, as well as prosecuting offences under the Covid-19 regulations.   

Additional information

During university studies, Emma won the UK's most prestigious mooting competition, where the final was held in the Royal Courts of Justice in front of Lord Saville who praised her calm, clear and persuasive submissions. From there she was invited to compete in the Inner Temple Magna Carta Moot, in front of Lord Hughes.

In 2019 she was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Commonwealth Moot which was held in Zambia, competing against twelve other countries. She made it undefeated to the final which was held in front of the Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago and a New Zealand Supreme Court justice.

She remains involved in in mooting and is now the official drafter of the annual Inner Temple Magna Carta Moot.

Emma has a particular interest in community outreach. She previously volunteered to assist those who cannot afford legal representation with welfare benefits appeals. She also volunteered for her university’s law clinic, helping to give legal advice in employment, family, and housing matters. She was one of a few students who worked to move the clinic online to support the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Outside of work Emma is a keen swimmer, competing at county, regional and national level. She has enjoyed combining this with a strong interest in running to compete in biathlon, where she has won both regional and British championship titles.

She is also a devoted, although often exasperated, Aston Villa fan.


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