Partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, Board member
A partner and head of the Trowers & Hamlins' Employment department which she founded, specialising in employment law for over 30 years. Advises a wide range of clients on equity, diversity and inclusion and how to use the Equality Act to take positive action for groups of employees. Recently leading on discussions about the ageing workforce, advising clients on succession planning and recruitment and retention of older workers.
The legal directories rate her as a Band one solicitor; Chambers 2022 says "I consider her to be the best employment lawyer in the sector - her strengths are that she operates commercially and pragmatically and gives sound advice". Chambers 2023 says "Emma has been a wise ally who has supported us through some very tricky situations. Her breadth of knowledge, her expertise and her ability to cut to the chase is invaluable."
An active member of the Employment Lawyers Association Legislative and Policy committee; contributes to and has written 5 legal text books. She has sat on various boards that do not conflict with her client work as a non-executive director or trustee since 1992 and is currently on the board of the Alderney Wildlife Trust.
Age should be a plank of every EDI strategy in the UK workforce. It's never been more important to keep experienced corporate memory on board as we negotiate enormous change, and include every generation in the workforce to maximise productivity and optimise good culture. It's possible to make positive changes to do this.