Emma specialises in employment and discrimination law in which she has practised since joining Old Square Chambers in 1996. She is described as a leading junior in employment law in both the Chambers and Partners directory and Legal 500. Endorsements include:
"The well-liked junior Emma Smith impresses with 'lots of common sense' and stands out to commentators as a 'calm, effective advocate' who quickly picks up issues."
'Emma Smith is a first port of call on complex or sensitive matters, bringing as she does "technical excellence and commercial savvy” to all her cases. "She'll join in as part of the team, get straight to the point and won't give up without a fight," say those who instruct her.'
"'Commercial and bright,' Emma Smith 'sees right to the heart of a case.'" She handles high-level claimant (both for trade unions and private clients) and respondent work which tends to involve discrimination or factually complex unfair dismissal claims."
Emma also lectures and provides seminars on areas within employment and discrimination law. She was a co-author of 'Discrimination: Remedies and Quantum' (1998) and is a contributor to the chapter on Remedies in 'Discrimination in Employment' by Tucker and George (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell).
Employment Law Bar Association
Industrial Law Society
Employment Lawyers' Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit