Emma is ‘someone in whom clients feel complete confidence in’, standing out for her niche expertise in awarding body regulation
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I advise on all aspects of regulatory and public law, both contentious and advisory, including in respect of equality duties, human rights, safeguarding, public procurement and inquests.
This can comprise work for public bodies themselves, or the private or third sector bodies or individuals who fall within their regimes or are affected by their decisions. It includes advice across the spectrum of public law and regulatory functions from the establishment or exercise of statutory functions; statutory drafting and preparation of related policies and procedures; to representing clients in challenges in the Administrative Court, County Court or First Tier Tribunal.
I have particular interests in the regulation of Education, Charity and Health and Social Care. Within my broader practice, I lead Bates Wells’ sector groups in Safeguarding, Awarding Organisations and Equalities. I am also a member of our Professional Discipline, International NGO, Public Benefit and Procurement and State Aid teams.
These include general vires issues, consultation, the public sector equality duty, reasonableness, proportionality, human rights and following appropriate procedure, including in connection with actual and potential judicial review challenges and statutory appeals.
This includes devising policies, managing incidents and guiding engagement with investigations and/or inquiries by local authority safeguarding boards, the Care Quality Commission, Ofsted, the Charity Commission and/or DfID.