Areas of expertise

Professional information

• 2022: Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
• 2021-2022: Devil, Faculty Scholar. Devilmasters: Ross McClelland, Susan Ower KC and Wendy Culross
• 2012-2021: Trainee solicitor, associate and then senior associate, CMS
• 2010-2011: Legal Assistant, Scottish Law Commission (Contract and Trusts)
• 2010 and 2012: LL.B (First Class Honours) and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde

Professional experience

Emma called to the Bar in 2022 as a Faculty Scholar, following seven years’ experience as a solicitor practising with international law firm, CMS. Emma was qualified as a solicitor in both Scotland and in England & Wales.

Emma specialises in commercial dispute resolution, including contract, technology and financial services matters. She also has a keen interest in company/corporate matters, where she acted as solicitor in a number of leading reported decisions. During her devilling, Emma gained valuable experience under the instruction of her devilmasters, broadening her interests in the fields of property, construction and insolvency.

As a solicitor, Emma was regularly involved in high value and complex first instance litigation before the Commercial Court and appellate proceedings before the Inner House of the Court of Session. She also has experience of resolving matters through mediation.

Emma served as president of the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association from 2014-2016.


• Chambers & Partners: Recommended as a solicitor in Litigation Scotland and Banking Litigation Scotland (Band 1 team and individual “Associate to Watch” ranking – 2019-2021)
• Legal 500: Recommended as a solicitor in Commercial Litigation Scotland (Band 1 team and individual “Rising Star” ranking – 2019-2021)
• Rising Star of the Year finalist, Scottish Legal Awards (2020)
• Junior Solicitor of the Year, Herald Law Awards of Scotland (2019)

Select publications

• On level ground? 2010 JLSS, 55(5), 9 (Winner of Access to Justice Foundation Essay Prize, 2010)