Emma Waldron provides a brief update on the latest development in respect of costs of MOJ Portal drop out "disposal hearings" and considers the potential impact of the case which has been given permission to appeal Bird v Acorn Group Limited
Emma appears in court on a daily basis, acting for both Claimants and Defendants in claims on both the fast and multi-track. She appears regularly in the County Court and has experience of conducting hearings in the High Court also. She has considerable experience in conducting trials, applications, CCMCs and appeals. She regularly advises on liability, quantum and costs and drafts statements of case in areas including (but not limited to):
- Road Traffic Accidents (including fraudulent claims)
- Credit Hire
- Highways Act claims
- Defective Premises Act claims
- Animal Act claims
- Occupiers’ Liability
- Employers’ Liability
- Chronic Pain
- Fatal Accidents
- Defective Products
- Criminal Injuries Compensation.
Emma has significant experience in working with children and adults with disabilities, which she is able to utilise in her career at the bar. She also has practical experience and understanding of the care industry, having worked in a residential care home for a number of years. Emma has a particularly strong interest in claims involving negligent care and negligence in schools.
Emma has recently lectured on the following topics:
- Quantifying General Damages
- Quantifying Care Claims
- Understanding Part 36
- The Enterprise Act
- The Care Act 2014.
Bird v Acorn Group Limited2nd Sep 2016
Emma Waldron has a broad practice encompassing a wide range of education matters. She offers expertise in special educational needs and discrimination issues, and is also able to advise on admission and exclusion appeals. She regularly represents universities, schools, academies and local authorities, as well as parents and young persons.
Strengths: "Very good and knowledgeable about education law." "A very sensible advocate."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the university in Etowe v Newcastle University, a case in which the claimant sought damages of approximately £200,000 for misrepresentation, breach of contract and negligence.
Chambers UK 2022/Education/London Bar
Strengths: "Her questioning of witnesses is really good - sensitive and to the point. Her written submissions are also really clear." "She has the ability to calm anxious clients and makes them understand why they are there and what the issues are."
Recent work: Represented Southampton City Council in an appeal against a decision by the First-tier Tribunal to refuse to name a particular specialist provision in a child's education health and care plan.
Chambers UK 2021/Education/London Bar
‘Emma is our go-to counsel on contentious education matters; she is very knowledgeable and provides thorough, practical advice.’
Legal 500 2022/Education/Leading Junior/London Bar
‘Emma is an excellent advocate, very tenacious and has a high level of mental fortitude. She is passionate about the work she does and instils confidence in clients, even those who are anxious and vulnerable.’
"Emma Waldron successfully acting for Queen Mary, University of London in a discrimination claim."
Legal 500 2021/Education/Leading Individual
‘Does a very good job even in difficult circumstances.’
Legal 500 2020/Education/Leading Individual
- BPTC (BPP Law School, 2010-2011) – Outstanding
- GDL (BPP Law School, 2009-2010)
- BA (Hons) Politics (St Chad’s College, University of Durham)
- Harmsworth and Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple
- Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple
- Ian Graham Award for outstanding contribution to student life, University of Durham
Professional qualifications & appointments
- ADR Group Accredited Mediator
- Education Law Association (ELAS)
- Member of the Association of Women Barristers
- Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
Emma Waldron is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information