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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 and cross-qualified as a Solicitor in 2011. Emma joined Apex Chambers in 2017, after a successful career as a Solicitor-Advocate at a leading criminal law firm. 

Emma has 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.

Emma represents individuals and businesses prosecuted by a number of organisations, such as the FSA, Natural Resources Wales, the Environment Agency and the HSE. 

Her experience extends to professional disciplinary cases and she is regularly instructed to represent individuals before various professional tribunals. Emma can provide advice and representation from interim orders through to fitness to practise proceedings. 

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 regularly prosecutes and defends matters of a serious nature. She is also experienced in matters which proceed to confiscation and other applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


She has experience in prosecuting and defending regulatory matters, including those relating to trading standards and licencing. 


Emma is a Grade 4 prosecutor and member of the CPS General Crime Panel as well as the Serious Crime Panel and Specialist Fraud Panel, she also prosecutes on behalf of other organisations.


Emma is praised for her straightforward advocacy style and her client care skills. Her background provides her with a deep understanding of every aspect of the criminal investigation, from police station through to trial. 

Emma also guest lectures at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


R – v- H & M Emma prosecuted teachers accused of child cruelty against pupils at a special school. 

R – v- D Emma is junior counsel, defending in allegations of rape and facilitating the sexual assault of defendant’s daughter.

R -v – D & Others (Op Grey Arcadia) Emma is junior counsel, prosecuting allegations of bribery and corruption in relation to recycling and waste management at a local authority. 

R -v- T (Operation Arbus) Emma is junior counsel, defending in allegations of kidnap and blackmail involving rival drug gangs. 

R – v- P Emma successfully defended in matter involving 8 allegations of rape.

R-v-O (2021) - Emma is currently instructed as junior prosecution counsel in a case involving multi-complainants under the age of 13 and allegations of sexual assault against their teacher. The case has involved lengthy s.28 pre-recorded cross-examination and extensive third-party disclosure matters.

R-v-J - Emma is instructed to prosecute a former solicitor accused of conveyancing fraud.

R-v-P - Emma successfully defended a Lithuanian national accused of growing cannabis across a number of sites in South Wales. He was the only defendant acquitted at trial.

R-v-Price [2020] EWCA Crim 1832 - Emma successfully appealed sentence in a matter involving theft from an employer. The Court of Appeal agreed that the Judge had erred in double counting aggravating features to raise the starting point and in not considering personal mitigation.

R-v- B - Emma successfully defended the steward of a Welsh Rugby Club, accused of theft via a complex system of refunds through the club’s EPOS. A successful ‘half time submission’ of no case to answer was made and the defendant acquitted of all charges. 

R -v – DL (Operation Empire) – Emma was instructed as junior defence counsel in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in the Newport area. The matter involved a large volume of mobile phone evidence and cell-site data. 

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

Emma Harris


All aspects of criminal and regulatory law.


The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

Wales and Chester Circuit
(Cardiff Circuit Junior)

CPS General Crime Panel

CPS Specialist Fraud Panel

CPS Serious Crime Panel


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 between 2014 and 2017

For any enquiries, please contact the clerking team:


Phone: 02920 23 2032

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