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Broadway House Chambers

Chambers of Rodney Ferm

Work 01274 722560
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729860 BRADFORD-22
Bradford, Leeds
Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm), Emma Downing, Bradford, ENGLAND

Emma Downing

Work 01274 722560
Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm)


Predominately criminal work, together with prison/parole law and mental health work. Areas of specialist interest include cases involving young defendants, fraud, evasion of duty, confiscation and cash seizure proceedings, animal welfare, road traffic offences, licensing (with a particular emphasis upon all aspects of taxi and private-hire licensing), anti-social behaviour orders and closure orders. Experience of civil actions for and against the police in the context of assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Recommended in ‘The Legal 500’: ‘Junior Emma Downing “stands out” at a 2002 call and is the youngest Grade 3 Prosecutor ever appointed on circuit’ (2007); ‘Emma Downing is a very thorough and impressive young advocate’ (2008); ‘Emma Downing has developed a good criminal fraud practice’ (2009); ‘Emma Downing has fulfilled her early promise and has developed a strong practice for her call’ (2010); ‘key name... Emma Downing who along with her criminal practice also handles prison and parole law matters and mental health work’ (2011) and recommended for ‘fraud and confiscation cases’ (2012). Cases of note: (1) Regina v Price [2006] EWCA Crim 1757 – guideline case on sentencing for the importation of offensive weapons; (2) Regina v Slaven [2006] EWCA Crim 2967 – application of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, s 240; (3) Regina v Cordingly [2008] EWCA Crim 2428 – legality of the imposition of a sentence of imprisonment for public protection upon an offender who had committed a specified and serious offence, whilst subject to licence conditions, in respect of which he had already been recalled administratively; and (4) Regina v Hussain [2009] EWCA Crim 1564 – substantial departure from the Sentencing Guidelines Council Guidelines on ‘Assault and Other Offences Against the Person’ justified by an element of deterrence in the sentence.


Called 2002, Middle Temple; visiting lecturer to the West Yorkshire Police Training School, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.


Cambridge University (MA Hons – first class); Bar Vocational Course (‘Outstanding’).

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