Emma Hughes specialises in criminal, family and civil law matters.

Emma has experience representing both claimants and defendants in a variety of cases.

Emma has appeared for both the Prosecution and the Defence in proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and for the Defence in the Crown Court.

In the Crown Court, Emma’s defence work has included committals for sentence and Newton hearings for driving offences, thefts and possession of bladed articles and has also undertaken work for both prosecution and defence in appeals from the Magistrates’ Court. Emma has also been a junior on a Crown Court trial for Arson with intent to endanger life which lasted several weeks.

In the Magistrates’ Court, Emma appears in cases from first appearance through to trials and sentencing hearings on both sides of representation. These cases cover a broad range of offences and have involved vulnerable victims and defendants. Predominantly in the Magistrates, Emma represents Defendants in drink and drug driver charges and other driving related offences. Emma has also appeared in private prosecutions for breach of fire regulations.

Emma has experience of both private and public family matters.

Emma regularly represents litigants in private family law proceedings. She is also frequently instructed by both applicants and respondents in applications for Child Arrangement Orders to determine residence and contact for a child and for injunctive relief where domestic violence is alleged, such as Non-Molestation Orders, at both ex-parte and contested hearings.

Emma also appears in public family law proceedings for both Local Authorities and respondent parents from interim stages through to final hearing.

Emma has appeared in a significant number of County Court matters for both claimant and defendant, including small claims, fast track claims, Stage 3 hearings and disposal hearings.

These have included personal injury matters, contractual disputes (including consumer credit matters and return of goods) and property disputes (such as landlord and tenant disputes and mortgage matters). She has also dealt with bankruptcy proceedings, including contested bankruptcy hearings, change of carriage matters and injunctions. Emma has also represented both applicant and respondent in procedural applications such as default and summary judgment (including setting aside).

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