Details of practice

Emma has a broad practice encompassing all of Chambers’ areas of expertise and is particularly interested and experienced in international criminal matters.

Crime (General; Fraud and Financial Regulation)

Emma prosecutes and defends a wide range of cases in the Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Court. She is also experienced in the Court of Appeal, successfully appealing against sentences imposed for crimes such as perjury and sexual assault.

She has considerable experience in representing police officers charged with criminal offences as well as professionals accused of committing offences in the course of their employment.

Emma advises and represents clients in matters concerning the proceeds of crime, including restraint, confiscation, forfeiture and enforcement proceedings.

Emma is skilled at dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses, including young children and people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

Emma appears and advises in extradition cases at first instance and on appeal to the High Court. She recently acted for Hulusi Altun in the successful discharge of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Germany on the basis that it violated the rule against double jeopardy.

International Law

Emma worked for two years in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She has particular expertise regarding issues of admissibility under the Rome Statute, which was the subject of her doctoral thesis.

Emma was admitted to the International Criminal Court’s List of Assistants to Counsel in 2013.


Emma has experience in acting for and advising licensees, applicants, residents, and responsible authorities in a wide range of licensing matters.

Regulatory Enforcement

Emma has experience in representing and advising individuals and enforcing authorities in matters arising out of a variety of regulatory regimes, including health and safety and fire safety prosecutions.

Professional Discipline

Emma was involved in an investigation by the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) into the quality of advice given to a pension fund by a large accountancy firm and one of its partners. She also has experience in advising individual accountants, who are the subject of disciplinary proceedings.

Directory recommendations

“She is always a couple of pages ahead of the Prosecution.”  The Legal 500 2019: Crime

“A reliable and very talented junior.”  The Legal 500 2017: Crime

Education/professional qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Oxon)
Masters of Philosophy in Law (Oxon)
BCL (Oxon)
Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons) (University of Sydney, Australia)
Bachelor of Arts (Politics and French) (First Class Hons) (University of Sydney, Australia)
Bar Vocational Course (College of Law, London)
Kennedy Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Levitt Scholarship for pupillage (Lincoln’s Inn)

Other information

Member of the Criminal Bar Association
Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee
Member of Amnesty International


Direct access

Emma Collins is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.  This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her.  In addition, she welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact our Clerks.