Emily Cook

Year of call:2002
Expertise: Crime, Regulatory
Emily Cook April2021-20
Appointments:Level 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Panel
Memberships:Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association
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Practice areas

  • Serious crime
  • Financial crime
  • Regulatory crime

What others say

‘…very kind and understanding during the whole case’



Emily came to the Bar to practise criminal law and has practised solely criminal law from the outset of her career. For the first 10 years of her career, she practised in a top London criminal defence set. On moving to the South West, Emily joined Devon Chambers and initially continued to focus only on criminal defence but in recent years has also prosecuted to widen her experience. She is a determined advocate who will fight for those she represents. She is experienced in dealing with the full range of evidential issues and legal arguments that arise in criminal trials including: psychiatric defences; issues around DNA; phone, computer, fingerprint and post-mortem evidence; drugs analysis; applications to exclude evidence and confiscation.

Emily has been instructed in a range of drug conspiracy offences, including county lines operations involving cell site analysis, graft phones, drugs analysis, ANPR and surveillance evidence.

Emily has both defended and prosecuted serious violence, such as attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, arson with intent to endanger life and robbery at knifepoint. She has also acted as a junior in murder cases.

Emily has acted for, and prosecuted, those accused of rape, sexual offences against children and historic sexual offences.

Emily‚Äôs attention to detail enables her to effectively prosecute and defend financial offences including fraud, money laundering and theft, as well as any related confiscation proceedings. 

Emily also undertakes Criminal Law before the Court Martial.

Emily is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Recent cases

  • R v N (2021). Defence of a male with learning difficulties accused of sexual offending against more than one complainant.
  • R v B (2021). Defence of a young male accused with two others of attempted murder.
  • R v M (2021). Prosecution of a male accused of historic sexual offending against children.
  • R v C (2020). Led junior in defence of a young man charged with murder by stabbing, case involved DNA and fingerprint evidence.
  • R v S (2020). Led junior in prosecution of a man accused of murder by stabbing.
  • R v M (2020). Defence of a male accused of being a warehouseman in a county lines operation, case involved cell site analysis and phone records.
  • R v H (2020). Prosecution of a male who had driven his vehicle as a weapon at a series of individuals.
  • R v R (2020). Defence of a male accused of being a courier in a large county lines conspiracy. Case involved surveillance footage, cell site analysis, graft phones and ANPR evidence.
  • R v S (2020). Prosecution of a male accused of serial arson offending over a number of years on multiple residential properties.
  • R v K (2019). Defence of a male in a large-scale human trafficking conspiracy.
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