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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)
Membership: Family Law Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association; Western Circuit

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

“Emma worked exceptionally hard on the day; marshalling a great deal of material which was prepared very quickly. Her cross-examination was pitch perfect and she rose to the challenges of the day with consummate skill and grace.”


Private children: Emma is frequently instructed to represent parents in complex private law disputes requiring fact findings and 16.4 guardians. Emma provides clear advice to clients at all stages tailored to the specific facts of any given case and works hard to achieve practical working arrangements for parents and children. She is known for her robust but fair approach, particularly in cases involving litigants in person. Emma appears at all stages of private children law proceedings and is well regarded by local family solicitors from whom she receives repeat instructions.

Public law: Emma often appears on behalf of local authorities where her attention to detail and unflappable approach is invaluable, especially in hearings listed urgently before the court. Emma is adept at remaining focussed on the issues at hand and providing forward-thinking solutions for those she represents. Emma’s background in working with vulnerable members of local communities helps her to build good relationships with lay client parents. Emma is known for her positive approach and ability to empathise whilst being realistic about possible outcomes.


Emma is a Level 2 Crown Prosecutor developing a strong practice in the Crown Court where she is known for her thorough, measured and practical approach towards case development from PTPH through to trial and sentencing. She is proficient at identifying and dealing with complex legal issues, including successfully opposing applications to stay proceedings for abuse of process.

Emma’s prosecution work is complemented by her burgeoning Defence practice. She has previously successfully defended a man accused of assaulting his step-son; secured reduced charges for a vulnerable client in proceedings brought by the RSPCA; and made an abuse of process application resulting in proceedings being discontinued.

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 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.