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

The 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.

What the Directories say: 

"She prosecutes for CPS in rape and serious sexual offences." The Legal 500 2019

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

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Crime & Fraud:

Emily prosecutes and defends the most serious offences. She is a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor (the highest level before QC) and has been appointed to the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List for many years. She is experienced at cases involving exceedingly vulnerable witnesses and defendants, intermediaries, analysis of telephone evidence, cell site, DNA analysis, third party material including social services material, public interest immunity. When instructed for the defence she has had a clear run of acquittals or appeals for years.

Emily has been appointed to the Proceeds of Crime, Serious Crime and Fraud CPS advocate panel at Level 3 and is experienced in prosecution and defence in these areas. She was on the prosecution team responsible for the successful prosecution of Bright &others of Independent Insurance, 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 P (2019): Succesful prosecution of man for repeatedly raping his daughter over 10 years, resulting in the birth of a child. He also sexually abused his niece aged between 9-12.
  • R v LB (2019): successful prosecution of serial sex offender for stalking and breach of SHPO against one teenage girl having served sentence for similar offences against a different teenage girl.
  • R v M (2018): prosecution of a foster care of rape and sexual abuse of two young girls in his care.
  • R v B (2018): prosecuted father for raping his daughter whilst her mother went abroad for work for a few months. Substantial custodial sentence.
  • R v R (2015-2016): Argument in the Court of Appeal for defence around the definition of an arrangement following covert police operation and the requisite intention in a child sex offences case.
  • R v W (2016): Successful prosecution of a violent rape in a hotel.
  • 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 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. Sentenced to 18 years. Junior to Rosina Cottage QC.
  • 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 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 and 2019): 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 B (2009): Successful defence of grandfather accused of repeated sexual assaults on granddaughter.
  • FPS v Adama-Agbo & Others (2009): Successful benefit and mortgage fraud prosecution.
  • 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 Haynes (2005-2006): Successfully argued autrefois convict before Mr Justice Butterfield in high value amphetamine supply case.

 

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.

Court of Protection:

Emily accepts instructions in all aspects of Court of Protection work. She can represent family members in contested deputyship applications and advise and draft grounds for Mental Capacity Act cases. Emily has frequently dealt with Deprivation of Liberty cases concerning children. She is keen to further her Court of Protection practice.

Due to her multi-disciplinary background, Emily is able to use her knowledge from both family, criminal and personal injury/clinical negligence cases when Court of Protection cases straddle these areas. Emily’s family, and particularly her Local Authority work, includes welfare proceedings and often the issue of capacity is raised. Emily is very experienced in representing and advising vulnerable clients and their families, which lends itself to the Court of Protection work.

 

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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