Emma Fitzsimons

Barrister
Garden Court Chambers

Emma joined Garden Court Chambers in October 2016 following completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Mark Symes and James Scobie QC She gained valuable advocacy experience in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, as well at the First-tier and Upper Tribunal.

She is keen to pursue a broad public law and human rights practice, building on her experience as a legal specialist in the House of Commons and her time at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland, as well as developing her existing immigration practice. Her background in international law assists in making well-supported human rights based arguments, particularly in international protection cases.

During pupillage, she assisted Mark Symes in Khaled v Secretary of State No 1 [2016] EWHC 857 (Admin), a judicial review test case challenging Dublin III removals to Bulgaria. The case raised complex public law and human rights arguments about reception conditions on return, non-refoulement and unlawful detention.

She regularly appears in the Asylum and Immigration Chamber and has experience representing vulnerable clients, including unaccompanied minors, victims of domestic and sexual violence, and former immigration detainees.

Emma welcomes pro bono instructions.

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Guidance on Art 5 compliance when a child in local authority care is deprived of their liberty 13 MAR 2018

Guidance on Art 5 compliance when a child in local authority care is deprived of their liberty

In Re A-F (Children) (Care Orders: Restrictions on Liberty) [2018] EWHC 138 (Fam) the court gave...