Associate, Chartered Legal Executive, Education and Community Care
Before joining Simpson Millar in March 2010, Emma served for a number of years as a musician in the Royal Air Force. Towards the end of her service, she decided to follow up a long-term interest in the law and study to become a Chartered Legal Executive. Emma completed her academic studies whilst working full-time in the RAF, studying mainly during coach journeys to concerts and parades.
Emma has acted on behalf of clients in relation to Special Educational Needs, school admissions, discrimination, higher education matters, Judicial Review and exclusions. She represents clients in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and guides them through the appeal process.
She strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients and negotiates with Local Authorities to attempt to resolve issues outside a hearing wherever possible.
Emma has a particular interest in school admissions appeals and has acted for many clients in this area. Her numerous successes include in difficult-to-win infant class size appeals. Emma has also appeared on the BBC Breakfast programme discussing school admissions.
She has also written articles for Inclusion Now magazine, Pathfinder, the resettlement magazine for the armed forces, and the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). She has also been adopted by the Institute as a case study to publicise the route it offers into law.
Interests outside of work
Emma has a great interest in good food, particularly Italian cuisine and would like to be able to travel more often to sample food around the world. She loves to produce her own food, cook, entertain and visit restaurants and food shows. She retains her keen interest in a variety of different types of music and has a First Class Honours Degree in Music from Birmingham Conservatoire together with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Orchestral Training from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.