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

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department

Criminal Law and Appeals


Emma is a specialist criminal practitioner.


She is regularly instructed as both leading and led junior counsel in trials of a high profile, complex and sensitive nature. She has extensive experience of acting in cases involving serious sexual offences, homicide, drug trafficking and fraud. Emma also advises upon criminal appeals where she did not act at first instance and in Judicial Review proceedings.

Throughout her practice Emma has developed a loyal following amongst solicitors due to her meticulous approach to law and case preparation and her reputation for outstanding client-care. She is extremely skilled in dealing with vulnerable and mentally disordered clients and is experienced in conducting fitness to plead cases.

In 2012 Emma was appointed as a criminal Recorder of the Crown Court and sits in London and the South-East.  Emma is qualified to accept direct access instructions. She appears as a ranked barrister in Chambers and Partners.


Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Emma Goodall QCDoughty Street ChambersIndefatigable and full of verve. Her intelligence and tenacity make her a brilliant lawyer. She is able to digest huge amounts of information in order to enact clinical cross examination. She is able to deal with high-pressured situations calmly with precision.

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘a huge range of very talented barristers‘. Defence work is a core pillar of strength for the set, alongside its established capabilities in criminal appeals and terrorism cases. Katy Thorne QC led Kate O’Raghallaigh in defending Adrian Hoare against charges of manslaughter after her three-year-old son died from asphyxiation after being allegedly crushed to death behind a car seat; Hoare was acquitted of manslaughter but received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Emma Goodall acted for Sajid Idris, who pled guilty to four counts of distributing terrorist material; he received a suspended sentence. Liam Walker and Benjamin Newton represented Alice Cutter and Mark Jones, respectively, who were convicted of being members of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action in a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier trial.