"She prosecutes for CPS in rape and serious sexual offences."

Legal 500 2019
Emily Emily

Barrister: Emily Verity

Call:
2003

Appointments:
CPS Prosecutor Grade 3 & Rape List (2011); Pupil Supervisor (2011); Attorney General's List of Prosecuting Counsel (2005-2011); Organised in house CPD criminal seminars (2005-2011); Grays Inn Student Affairs Committee Member (2003-2011); Gray's Inn Advocacy Trainer

Education:
BVC, ICSL, Prince of Wales Scholar (Gray's Inn); CPE, City University; BSc Biology with Japanese, Edinburgh University

Overview:

Emily has specialised in the overlap of areas offered by Chambers, in particular in the area of child protection. Her busy practice involves prosecuting and defending crime, in particular sexual offenses and fraud; care proceedings in the family court; police applications and personal injury and clinical negligence.

"She is always on top of all the facts and works well with prosecuting authorities." Legal 500 2017

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Crime & Fraud:

As a Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor and appointed to the Rape List, she is experienced in conducting cases of sexual offences, serious violence, drug supply and fraud.

In 2016, Emily has prosecuted several rape cases including:

  • R v M (2016): Prosecution of husband for campaign of rape and abuse on his wife over 10 years of a 16 year marriage.
  • R v R (2016): Argument in the Court of Appeal around the definition of an arrangement and the requisite intention in a child sex offences case.
  • R v S (2016): Prosecution of a stranger rape in a toilet.
  • R v H (2016): Prosecution of a multiple rape by a man on his partner.

In 2015, Emily successfully prosecuted a sensitive case of rape where the defendant aged 13 and complainant aged 5 were first cousins. The defendant was found unfit to plead. Intermediaries were required for both defendant and complainant.

Also Emily defended a complex case of arranging a child sex offence, contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The defendant had pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children, downloaded whilst working at the South Pole. The trial involved argument on bad character and issues regarding the covert police operation.

During 2012, she was prosecution junior to Rosina Cottage QC in a case of historic rape of children by their father, where he was successfully prosecuted and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. Consideration of voluminous social services records for PII applications and disclosure was undertaken as well as court advocacy. More recently she has successfully prosecuted a PE teacher for his repeated and longstanding abuse of a secondary school pupil throughout her time at school. Defence experience includes successfully arguing autrefois convict before a High Court judge as well as Newton hearings and the issue of fitness to plead. She has represented a mother alleged to have caused brain damage to her 3 month old baby. 

Emily was second junior to Andrew Baillie QC in the case of Independent (R v Bright & Others), one of the largest, most complex and most successful SFO prosecutions of recent times. She was junior to the late Philip Henry in the successful HMRC prosecution of an accountant in a £5 million fraud. In addition Emily has provided advice for the defence in confiscation hearings where issues arise involving matrimonial property.

Notable cases:

  • R v M (2016): Prosecution of husband for campaign of rape and abuse on his wife over 10 years of a 16 year marriage.
  • R v R (2016): Argument in the Court of Appeal around the definition of an arrangement and the requisite intention in a child sex offences case.
  • R v S (2016): Prosecution of a stranger rape in a toilet.
  • R v H (2016): Prosecution of a multiple rape by a man on his partner.
  • R v W (2016): Prosecution of a violent rape in a hotel.
  • R v F (2016): Prosecution of a man for rapes on the 13 year old daughter of his girlfriend.
  • R v H (2015): Successfully prosecuted sensitive case of rape against 15 year old boy on his 5 year old cousin where defendant was unfit to plead.
  • R v R (2015): Defended complex allegation of arranging a child sex offence arising from covert police operation involving man working in the South Pole.
  • R v Smith (2013): Successful prosecution of historic sexual abuse of pupil by her PE teacher.
  • R v Robinson (2012): Successful prosecution of historic rapes of children by their father.
  • RCPO v Baranauskas (2010): Ground breaking prosecution of CS gas gun offence, involving expert evidence on firearm history and science.
  • R v Brown (2010): Successfully defended s.18 where defence was accident /self-defence.
  • R v Hirons (2010): Successful prosecution of aggravated burglary involving expert evidence on mobile telephones and discrediting alibi witnesses.
  • R v Elmi (2010): Successful prosecution of dangerous driving offence at Old Bailey where driver ploughed into pedestrians at 37mph.
  • R v Day (2010): Successful in Court of Appeal: sentence reduced from 6 to 3 years.
  • R v Gravenell (2010): Successful defence of rabbit hunter with alleged offensive weapon.
  • RCPO v Charalambous (2010): Successful RCPO prosecution worth £5 million by chartered accountant. Junior to Philip Henry.
  • R v Moussa (2010): Successful prosecution of conspiracy to defraud worth £50,000 by Harrods Gucci employee.
  • FPS v Lascelles (2010): Successful prosecution of employee for travel industry fraud worth £160,000. SOCPO granted.
  • RCPO v M (2010): Successful prosecution of a barrister for VAT offences.
  • DWP v Ireogbu (2010): Successful prosecution of large scale complex Sure Start fraud conducted by trusted employee with access to personal data.
  • R v Manhertz (2009): Successful prosecution of drug importation from Caribbean.
  • R v Tuffin (2009): Prosecution of wounding case at the Old Bailey - jury hung.
  • R v Birch (2009): Successful defence of grandfather accused of repeated sexual assaults on granddaughter.
  • FPS v Adama-Agbo & Others (2009): Successful benefit and mortgage fraud prosecution.
  • MHRA v Patel & Kerrs Chemist (2009): Successful prosecution of a pharmacist for online international sales offences.
  • Mehta (2008): Instructed to advise defence in confiscation involving matrimonial property issues.
  • R v Joshi (2008): Successfully prosecuted the £million William Hill employee betting fraud.
  • D4C Plc (2007-2008): Successfully defended company directors charged with auditing offences.
  • HMRC v King & Hibbart (2007): Prosecuted high value cocaine and cannabis importation - King sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.
  • R v Aboagye & Others (2006): Junior in aggravated burglary trial. Led by Philip Henry.
  • R v O'Day (2006): Successfully defended man accused of setting his Staffordshire Bull terrier on his ex-partner.
  • R v Haynes (2005-2006): Successfully argued autrefois convict before Mr Justice Butterfield in high value amphetamine supply case.
  • R v Antoine (2005): Successfully prosecuted a £250,000 identity fraud at the Old Bailey.

Family Law:

Emily, a barrister of 13 years experience, has a reputation for keen attention to detail and a practical approach. Her family work covers complex child protection cases; for local authority, parents or children via their guardians. She has been instructed in cases involving historical sexual abuse, non accidental injury, mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse and foreign elements, in county court and High Court.

In 2016 Emily successfully represented the Local Authority in care proceedings involving 3 children, including a 16 year old whose wish was to return home to her mother, was absconding placement and had separate representation as a result. She has also successfully represented a different London Borough in a complex case involving three concurrent proceedings arising from the 15 year old mother and two of her children. Recently she represented a baby via his guardian in a case where the guardian’s view was influenced heavily by answers from various witnesses adduced through cross examination.

In 2014 representing a father in care proceedings, Emily successfully sought a finding that mother had fabricated allegations against the father of rape and serious violent assault whilst she was pregnant, and the baby was placed in his care.

She has represented parents with learning difficulty or disability and those who lack capacity, as well as those with addictions or an international element. Recently Emily represented a father with learning difficulties whose first child was being placed for adoption, and investigated an alternative support couple that came forward at the 11th hour. Also she is representing a father in rehabilitation for an addiction, and seeking the return of his baby to his care. She is experienced at dealing with sensitive cases, and has appeared as amicus curiae to the court, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in order to cross examine a child alleging sexual abuse against an unrepresented family member.

She also deals with cases involving residence or contact disputes to a high level. She recently succeeded in having children returned to their father in Pakistan under a private order from the High Court, following allegations of abduction by their Mother to the UK.

Emily also practises criminal law to a high level, specialising in sexual offences and cases involving children. This practise lends support to her family work given the frequent overlap in issues between the jurisdictions.

Notable Cases:

  • Re H (2016): Representing a father in rehabilitation for an addiction, and seeking return of his baby to his care.
  • Re E (2016): Represented the baby via his guardian in a case where Father was seeking his care, as were maternal grandparents. The guardian's view on the case was influenced by answers in cross examination of various witnesses.
  • Re M (2016): Successfully represented a London Borough in a complex case involving three concurrent proceedings arising from the 15 year old mother and two of her children.
  • Re W (2016): Successfully represented a London Borough in care proceedings involving 3 children, including a 16 year old whose wish was to return home to her mother, was absconding placement and had separate representation as a result.
  • Re C (2016): Emily represented a father with learning difficulties whose first child was being placed for adoption after failing assessment at St Michael's Fellowship, and investigated an alternative support couple that came forward at the 11th hour.
  • A (2014): Representing the father in care proceedings. Mother found to have fabricated allegations against father of rape and serious violent assault whilst pregnant and baby placed in father's care.
  • BS (2013): Representing LA in case of a child rehabilitated to Mother where both parents long standing drug abusers.
  • T (2012): Representing LA in case of children allegedly subjected to sexual abuse by family members.
  • B (2012): Representing LA in case of two children of alcoholic mother with particular focus on expert evidence.
  • M (2010): Representing Congolese Father in contested adoption final hearing in case of child with developmental delay.
  • C (2010): Representing LA in contested adoption final hearing in case of neglect of three children where mother was sectioned.
  • H (2009): Instructed by Tsol for Cafcass on discolsure hearing.
  • Nottingham County Council v R & H (2008): Instructed by Tsol to cross-examine a child alleging sexual abuse.
  • Nhiliziyo v Met Police (2008): Successfully defended appeal by way of case stated in the High Court regarding a SOPO.
  • P (2007): Represented Mother with learning difficulties in sex abuse case.

Civil & Personal Injury:

During 2016 she has been developing her practice in multi track cases involving clinical negligence, fatal accidents and noise induced hearing loss. Her practical approach and attention to detail have proved particularly useful for case management conferences, advice on settling cases and in drafting Schedules.

Notable Cases:

  • Mourad (2013-2014): Successful at trial in a multi track case representing a warehouse worker who was blinded due to faulty work equipment. He was accused of dishonesty by his employer, but believed by the trial judge, who ordered his employer to pay compensation.

Publications:

  • 9 Gough Square Clinical Negligence Book Second Edition (2014) - Chapter on remoteness and causation co-authored with Chris Wilson.
  • APIL Guide to RTA Liability Second Edition (2011) - Chapter on road signs.
  • Bribery Act 2010 - 9 Gough Square Fraud Bulletin.
  • 9 Gough Square's Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide - Chapter on human clinical trials.
  • Retention of Women at the Bar - Circuiteer (Spring 2008).
  • Advocacy Training for the Young Bar - Circuiteer (Spring 2007).
  • Deliberate foolishness v Accidental falls - EMIS (October 2005).
  • Smoke without fire: Judicial reaction to allegations against parents - New Law Journal (July 2005).
  • Editorial assistant for the new edition of Kemp & Kemp: The Quantum of Damages (2004).

Police Law:

Emily is instructed in the police disciplinary tribunal, both as legal advisor to the tribunal and to represent the Appropriate Authority. She has developed her practice representing the police in SOPOs, ASBOs, closure orders including the notorious Lucky 7 Snooker Club E9, violent offender orders and other civil actions, and successfully argued an appeal by way of case stated in the High Court. She is regularly instructed in disclosure applications where there are concurrent family and criminal proceedings.

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