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Emma Cross lr

Emma Cross

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Core Practice Area: Crime, Family
Call: 2017
 Middle Temple
Education: BPTC (Outstanding); LLM (Merit); LLB (First Class Honours)

Emma completed her pupillage with Devon Chambers in October 2018 and has developed a strong combined practice in our Crime and Family teams.

During her first year on her feet, Emma regularly prosecuted in Magistrates’ Courts across the South West dealing with everything from first appearance up to trial and sentencing. Emma continues to accept Defence instructions in the Magistrates’ Court and has previously successfully defended a man accused of assaulting his step-son and secured reduced charges for a vulnerable client in proceedings brought by the RSPCA.

Emma is developing a burgeoning practice in the Crown Court where she is frequently instructed in breach hearings, committals for sentence and appeals against conviction/sentence. Emma’s family practice means that she is perfectly placed to prosecute and defend in trials involving sensitive family matters, particularly in breaches of restraining orders and non-molestation orders. Emma’s understanding of the crossover between criminal and family proceedings enables her to quickly identify the issues and provide sound advice to clients.

Emma is regularly instructed in private children and public law family cases. Emma’s background in working with vulnerable members of local communities helps her to build good relationships with lay client parents for whom she receives repeat instructions. Emma is known for her positive approach and ability to empathise whilst being realistic about possible outcomes.

Emma often appears on behalf of local authorities where her attention to detail and unflappable approach are well regarded, especially in hearings listed urgently before the court. She also takes instructions in financial relief hearings and has particular experience of First Appointment and Financial Dispute Resolution hearings.

Emma writes for our Family and Regulatory newsletters and is an enthusiastic member of the ‘Devon Chambers Running Club’. She enjoys helping the next generation of barristers in their paths to a career at the Bar, gives talks at local colleges and mentors students participating in the annual Bar Mock Trials. Emma is Chambers’ lead contact for mini pupillage applications and requests for assistance with school/college/University events. Emma is also on the Steering Group for the Western Circuit Women’s Forum.