Emma Scott

  • Year of Call 2011

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Emma specialises in Crime.

Emma has a breadth of experience defending clients accused of a range of criminal offences, including: violent offences, sexual offences; terrorism; drug offences; possession of offensive weapons; burglary; fraud; road traffic offences; and dishonesty offences. She has particular experience defending clients accused of sexual offences and violent crimes.

Emma appears before the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters. She regularly defends clients at trial charged with: causing Grievous Bodily Harm (s.18 and s.20); assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm; sexual offences (including rape, child sex offences and indecent images); possession with intention to supply drugs; burglary; robbery; and firearms offences. 

Emma has experience in cases involving the application, appeal, variation and breach of Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders/Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, as well as Criminal Behaviour Orders.

Emma has experience working as a led junior and on multi-handed conspiracy cases.

Emma represents clients at appeals, from appeals from the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts to the Crown Court, to appeals to the Court of Appeal. Emma’s practice includes drafting Advices on appeal against conviction and sentence, but also drafting complex legal arguments and raising challenging defences.  For example, Emma represented a client at trial before the Central Criminal Court, accused of possession of false identity documents with intent, and raised the defence of duress of circumstances.

Emma has experience of financial crime and fraud.  She previously spent four months working in the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Department at Deutsche Bank.

Additionally, Emma has experience appearing before the Court Martial.


Prior to coming to the Bar, Emma worked as a Paralegal at a number of firms, including Corker Binning, Macfarlanes, and the on-site legal firm servicing GE Money.

During the time she worked as a Paralegal at Corker Binning, she was heavily involved with a range of cases including defending a senior executive in a Serious Fraud Office overseas corruption prosecution relating to Bahrain and defending clients subject to Serious Fraud Office and/or Financial Conduct Authority investigations. At Macfarlanes, she worked as a Paralegal on a range of Financial Conduct Authority cases relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products by a major bank. At the on-site legal firm servicing GE Money, Emma handled mortgage repossessions. 

Notable Cases

Notable Cases


R v DR [2019] Not Guilty of three historic child sexual assaults on two Complainants.

R v AC [2019] Led junior on a multi-handed trial involving membership of a proscribed far right organisation.  Hung jury,

R v MM [2018] Not Guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud following a six day trial. 

R v JS [2018] Not Guilty of rape of an ex-partner following a four day trial.

R v Blacker [2018] Not Guilty of sexual assault, common assault, and committing an offence with the intention to commit a sexual offence. There were two Complainants in this case and the issue was identification. 

R v KD [2018] Prosecution of a teacher for aggravated trespass stayed as an abuse of process.

R v Boz [2018] Successful submission of no case to answer in relation to making threats to destroy or damage property. The issue was fundamentally contradictory Prosecution eye witness evidence.

R v Winter [2018] Not Guilty of Grievous Bodily Harm with intent (s.18) resulting in a fellow student being blinded by a pool cue. Sentence mitigated to 2 years’ imprisonment after a plea to Grievous Bodily Harm (s.20).

R v Wint [2018]. Possession of indecent images of children (range of Category A-C, moving and still images). Sentence mitigated to 18 months’ suspended sentence after trial.

R v Ndiaye [2018]. Grievous Bodily Harm with intent and burglary on an ex-partner. Dangerousness found but sentence mitigated to 13 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence for 5 years. 

R v Alali [2018]. Grievous Bodily Harm with intent, involving four strikes to the head with a hammer as the Complainant was in bed. Sentence mitigated to 8 years and 4 months’ imprisonment.

R v Theakston [2018]. Local council prosecution. No evidence offered on five Counts of fraud and breach of trading regulations after a letter of representations was sent to the Prosecutor. Sentenced to a fine for one charge of failing to provide written notice of the right to cancel a contract.

R v G [2017]. Appeal from the Youth Court. Appeal successful resulting in sentence of 4 months’ detention imposed for a second-strike knife offence being quashed and a Youth Rehabilitation Order with Intensive Supervision and Surveillance imposed.

R v Gregory [2017]. Not Guilty by reason of insanity of criminal damage of a Gainsborough painting at the National Gallery. (See herre)

R v LE [2017]. Hung jury following a sexual assault on public transport trial which contained CCTV evidence.

R v Morat [2017]. Possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs trial. Plea to simple possession of Class A and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs was accepted on day of trial. Sentence mitigated to 8 months’ imprisonment.

R v Nworgu [2016]. Five day trial for two counts of possession of identity documents (one with intent). Sentence mitigated to 9 months’ imprisonment

R v Patel [2016]. Third strike burglary trial. Application to exclude recognition identification evidence successful. Crown offered no evidence and a Not Guilty verdict was returned.

R v CB [2016]. Youth Court. Two successful submissions of no case to answer for assault. Guilty plea to one assault. Three month referral order.

R v A Harris [2016]. Successful submission of no case to answer for assault. Not Guilty verdict.

R v Odusina [2016]. No activation of Suspended Sentence Order for possession of a bladed article.

Criminal Appeals

R v GH [2018] After a successful appeal to the Crown Court, conditional discharge handed down following Guilty pleas to two charges of common assault by throwing cold soup protesting at a prolife demonstration.

R v George Austin [2018] Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal of a compensation order of £8,926.35 made in following a theft conviction, which was substituted for an order for £1,000.

R v PO and others [2017]. Led junior on a multi-handed kidnap and blackmail trial. Not Guilty verdicts for all defendants in relation to kidnap. Sentence handed down for blackmail was 5 years’ imprisonment, which was successfully reduced on appeal to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment.



Call July 2011 – Gray’s Inn

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) – BPP Law School (2010 – 2011)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) – BPP Law School (2009 – 2010)

BSc Environmental Geography (2:1) – University College London (2006 – 2009)

Call July 2011 – Gray’s Inn

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) – BPP Law School (2010 – 2011)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) – BPP Law School (2009 – 2010)

BSc Environmental Geography (2:1) – University College London (2006 – 2009)

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Cynthia Terry Award – Gray’s Inn (2009)



'Money not power - UK AML/CTF Action Plan comment' written with Jason Mansell (Money Laundering Bulletin: April 2016)

SFO ‘self-funding’ and government handouts: ethical and constitutional? (CrimeLine, May 2013)

The National Crime Agency: a new weapon in the legal armoury, or just another change of letterhead? (The Barrister; CrimeLine; May 2013)