Emma Scott > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department


Emma specialises in Crime.


Emma has a breadth of experience defending clients accused of a range of criminal offences, including: violent offences, sexual offences; drug offences; possession of offensive weapons; burglary; fraud; road traffic offences; and dishonesty offences.  She has particular experience defending clients accused of sexual offences and violent crimes. 

Emma appears before the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters.  She regularly defends clients at trial charged with: causing Grievous Bodily Harm (s.18 and s.20); assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm; sexual offences (including rape, child sex offences and indecent images); possession with intention to supply drugs; burglary; robbery; and firearms offences. 

Emma has experience in cases involving the application, appeal, variation and breach of Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders/Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, as well as Criminal Behaviour Orders.

Emma has experience working as a led junior and on multi-handed conspiracy cases. 

Emma represents clients at appeals, from appeals from the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts to the Crown Court, to appeals to the Court of Appeal.  Emma’s practice includes drafting Advices on appeal against conviction and sentence, but also drafting complex legal arguments and raising challenging defences.  For example, Emma represented a client at trial before the Central Criminal Court, accused of possession of false identity documents with intent, and raised the defence of duress of circumstances.

Emma has experience appearing before the Court Martial, as well as representing clients in extradition cases.

Additionally, Emma has experience of financial crime and fraud.  Prior to joining chambers, she worked on “Operation Boromo”, the then largest joint Home Office/Department of Work and Pensions fraud prosecution.  She also spent four months working in the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Department at Deutsche Bank.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Emma worked as a Paralegal at a number of firms, including Corker Binning, Macfarlanes, and the on-site legal firm servicing GE Money.

During the time she worked as a Paralegal at Corker Binning, she was heavily involved with a range of cases including defending a senior executive in a Serious Fraud Office overseas corruption prosecution relating to Bahrain and defending clients subject to Serious Fraud Office and/or Financial Conduct Authority investigations. 

At Macfarlanes, she worked as a Paralegal on a range of Financial Conduct Authority cases relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products by a major bank. At the on-site legal firm servicing GE Money, Emma handled mortgage repossessions.

Emma volunteers with the organisation, Circles UK.  Circles UK works with sex offenders, known as ‘core members’ in order to work towards a substantial reduction in sexual offending.  This is achieved by a’ circle’ of 4 to 6 volunteers working with the core member to provide a supportive network which encourages personal development and accountability for their ongoing risk management.


Female Fraud Forum
Young Fraud Lawyers Association


Call July 2011 – Gray’s Inn
Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) – BPP Law School (2010 – 2011)
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) – BPP Law School (2009 – 2010)
BSc Environmental Geography (2:1) – University College London (2006 – 2009)