Emily Mitchell is developing a diverse practice that involves all the main areas of Chambers’ expertise and joins 7BR after successful completion of her pupillage. She was supervised by Richard Baker (Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury), Adrian Langdale (Crime) and Hari Kaur (Child & Family).
Emily studied English Language & Literature at Somerville College, Oxford. She then completed the GDL at BPP Law School, and her BPTC at the University of Law. She was awarded the Harmsworth Exhibition from Middle Temple Inn.
Before studying law and being called to the Bar, Emily worked in advertising at the UK’s leading advertising agency. She also worked on the ‘Moving Forward’ project funded by the Department of Work and Pensions, which comprised part of the Help and Support for Separating Families Initiative. The project was designed to assist families undergoing the stress of separation to access free information, legal advice and mediation and to educate parents as to the impact of separation on their children. During this time Emily simultaneously worked as a paralegal specialising in Child & Family law.
Emily spent the final part of her pupillage observing all aspects of public family law under the supervision of Hari Kaur, and accepting instructions directly in numerous cases, often covering for Barristers of 10 or more years’ call.
Her current practice involves both private and public law proceedings. Early on in her second six she represented a Father in care proceedings in the High Court, with Rachel Langdale QC appearing for the Local Authority. She has experience representing parents at every stage of public law proceedings: case management hearings; contested Interim Care Order hearings; Issue Resolution Hearings and Final Hearings. She also has experience concerning the separate representation of children. She has represented Mothers with personality disorders and mental health issues at Final hearings. She has been involved in cases where the allegations against parents involve severe neglect; sexual abuse and failure to protect. She has assisted on non-accidental injuries cases, and has been instructed on matters addressing the appropriate use and abuse of Section 20 agreements between Local Authorities and parents of children deemed to be at risk. Emily assisted and appeared in the Administrative Court in support of Rachel Langdale QC in relation to a Judicial Review claim against a Local Authority.
In addition to her experience in care proceedings, Emily has been instructed on cases where parents are seeking Child Arrangements Orders and has received multiple instructions regarding Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders.
Emily has a specific interest in clinical negligence. She is particularly skilled in written work, and advises on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, including: liability, merits, causation, quantum and evidence. Emily drafts pleadings and has experience in drafting complex Particulars of Claim and Schedules of Loss.
Emily spent her first four months of Pupillage focussing on clinical negligence work, supervised by Richard Baker. During this time, she completed complicated advices, both on prospects of success and quantum in high value and complex claims, and drafted Schedules of Loss in various matters including claims brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. She attended and assisted with trials in both the County Court and High Court, and observed numerous Joint Settlement Meetings. Emily has been involved in multiple conferences with leading counsel, experts, solicitors and lay clients.
Emily has a varied commercial practice and frequently represents both claimants and defendants in small claims and fast-track matters in the county courts. She has been instructed on multiple matters involving breach of contract, and has experience conducting interim hearings such as applications for interim injunctions, strike out and summary judgment.
Emily accepts instructions to draft pleadings and provide advice regarding merits, quantum and evidence.
Emily appears in criminal courts on the south-eastern and midland circuits. She frequently appears in both the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. Her experience in the Magistrates Court involves conducting CPS lists as well as defending clients charged with driving offences and cases of common assault. She has acted for Probation in prosecuting breach proceedings in the Crown Court. She regularly accepts instructions to defend in the Crown Court, and has experience of all types of interim hearings such as PTPHs, Sentencing hearings, and POCA proceedings. Emily also has experience in appeals to the Crown Court against conviction and sentence.
During pupillage, Emily spent four months focusing on crime supervised by Adrian Langdale. She observed Adrian both prosecute and defend high-profile and often multi-handed cases during this time. She assisted on a variety of serious criminal matters including offences of extreme violence, sexual offences, large-scale drug operations and death by dangerous driving. She drafted advices on evidence and obtaining funding for experts.
Emily has a growing and diverse practice in Personal Injury work. She accepts instructions to represent both Claimants and Defendants at all stages of proceedings. She has conducted CMCs and interim hearings in complex cases. Emily advises in relation to all aspects of personal injury claims.
During pupillage, Emily spent four months under the supervision of Richard Baker. She drafted advices and pleadings in complicated personal injury matters, including: employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, road traffic collision claims and claims arising from fatal accidents. She attended numerous conferences with experts, solicitors and lay clients, which involved the discussion of the entire spectrum of trial issues and trial preparation. She observed and assisted with a High Court trial of a fatal accident claim arising from a road traffic collision.
Emily appears frequently in trials and interim hearings in County Courts, both for Claimants and Defendants.