Emma read Politics at Cardiff University prior to completing the GDL and the BVC where she was graded ‘Very Competent’. She was Called to the Bar in 2008.

Emma went on to work at one of the country’s leading criminal defence firms, cross qualifying as a Solicitor in 2011. Whilst employed as a Solicitor-Advocate, Emma worked on some of the most high- profile cases of the last few years including Operation Elveden, the Lynette White Police Corruption case and R – v – Eric Evans & Others, prosecuted by the SFO.

She has represented businesses, organisations and individuals in various regulatory matters, including those prosecuted by the Environment Agency/Natural Resources Wales, the Food Standards Agency, Care Quality Commission and Local Authorities.

Her experience extends to professional disciplinary cases and she is regularly instructed to represent individuals before various professional tribunals.

Emma has an interest in Coroner’s Inquests and has experience of representing organisations and families in such matters. Notably, Emma provided representation to the family of the deceased in an inquest before Swansea Coroner’s Court, which related to the controversial layout of the Kingsway bus lane system.

Emma both defends and prosecutes in matters spanning criminal and regulatory law. She has been praised for her client care and straightforward advocacy style.

Emma is a Grade 2 CPS Prosecutor and also prosecutes on behalf of other organisations.


R – v – M & Others (Operation Midas) – Emma is currently instructed as Disclosure Counsel in a matter involving allegations of fraud against the Welsh Government relating to applications for European funding. The trial is due to last for 4 months at Cardiff Crown Court. Emma has been trained in using the NUIX system as a result of her involvement in this matter.
R – v – B (Operation Dino) – Defending in conspiracy to defraud. One of the biggest “Cash for Crash” scam investigations in the UK.
R – v – Q & Others – Emma successfully prosecuted members of a family in allegations of fraud against an elderly family member. The case was widely reported in the national media.
Surrey & Bucks – v – C – Prosecuting on behalf of local authority in matter involving sale of counterfeit high-value watches and jewellery via facebook.
R – v – R & Others – Defending in matter involving “rogue trader” allegations committed against vulnerable individual.
R – v – D – Representing prison officer accused of expenses fraud valued at over £100,000
EWC - v - S - defending in a complex matter before the EWC where both defendant and complainant were registered deaf, successfully defending against an application to strike-off.
HCPC - v - R - defending in a complex matter involving a consultant paramedic contracted to provide disaster and emergency planning advice. The matter involved issues of national security and allegations of fraud.

Emma Harris


All aspects of criminal and regulatory law.


The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn


GDL/CPE Scholar – The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn (2006/7)

As a Solicitor-Advocate, Emma was ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in Legal 500 since 2014

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