Emma Scott


Year of Call

Emma Scott

Emma specialises in Crime, Criminal Appeals and Extradition.


Emma has a breadth of experience defending clients accused of a range of criminal offences, including: violent offences, sexual offences; drug offences; possession of offensive weapons; burglary; fraud; road traffic offences; and dishonesty offences.  She has particular experience defending cases involving domestic violence.  Her practice regularly involves drafting complex legal arguments and raising challenging defences.


Emma regularly appears before the Crown Courts, Magistrates’ Courts and Youth Courts.  Most notably, she defended a client accused of possession of false identity documents with intent before the Central Criminal Court, raising the defence of duress of circumstances.


Emma has experience of financial crime and fraud.  Prior to joining chambers, she worked on the second approved Deferred Prosecution Agreement, “SFO v XYZ Ltd”, and “Operation Boromo”, the largest joint Home Office/Department of Work and Pensions fraud prosecution.


She also spent four months working in the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Department at Deutsche Bank.



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


During the year she worked as a Paralegal at Corker Binning, she worked directly for one of the Partners. 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; defending two clients in a Serious Fraud Office/Financial Conduct Authority EURIBOR investigation; defending two clients in a US/UK LIBOR investigation conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Department of Justice; defending a waste management company prosecuted by the Environment Agency for offences relating to the export of contaminated waste; and defending export control investigations and prosecutions, including Iran sanctions and import regulation breaches (including compound penalty negotiation). Emma also worked on criminal cartel, breach of listing rules and other bribery and fraud 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 Kingsley Napley, Emma assisted on a range of criminal cases. At the on-site legal firm servicing GE Money, Emma handled mortgage repossessions.


Criminal Cases

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 G Harris [2016] Not Guilty verdict for failure to identify the driver of a vehicle.

R v Farr [2016] No activation of Suspended Sentence Order for breach of Criminal Behaviour Order.

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


  • '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)


Female Fraud Forum

Young Fraud Lawyers Association



Cynthia Terry Award – Gray’s Inn



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)


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