Emma Davies

Senior Associate Lawyer, Education and Community Care

We used Simpson Millar to help us with a secondary school appeal. The advice and support offered to us from Emma was excellent and she explained clearly how the process would work, making it a bit easier. I would recommend Simpson Millar for anyone in a similar situation..Mr G
Gave excellent and impartial advice whilst really showing empathy and understanding for my situation. The clarification on all the matters we discussed allowed me to walk into a very stressful enquiry with the confidence to get my point across and draw the exact outcome I wanted. More importantly, I was able to give my child a voice and for that I will be forever grateful..SDM
I instructed Simpson Millar for their packaged school appeal review. Great product and service from the initial overview, enrolment through to the consultation and advice. Have found the whole service excellent and great value for money. I probably have everything we need from this and there was no hard upsell for further aid but it is available to us if we need it and have every confidence in the firm and Emma who ran the matter on our behalf.Andy
We were advised and supported by Emma Davies (Simpson Millar) following a rather unjust school admission appeal. Emma was absolutely amazing and we cannot recommend her highly enough. She was able to speedily review a huge amount of complex information and prepare a letter before action, prior to judicial review proceedings which was spot on! Emma was very supportive to us as a family - she was always approachable, understanding and honest. We now have the school place we so badly needed and cannot recommend Emma enough, particularly if you have issues in dealing with Education law.Mrs Odhams
We used Simpson Millar for the 3rd time and on the last occasion we had Emma Davies she has been 10/10 always there to answer any questions. Very professional and understanding she was very supportive up to our successful tribunal and behond. We would highly recommend Simpson Millar.Peter
I have successfully appealed a school placement for my grandson with the help and guidance from Emma, who armed me with all the information needed to put a structured letter of appeal together.David


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.

Her legal work has been focused solely on Education Law and Community Care, but she is also qualified to practice in Family Law and Criminal Law.

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.

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