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Zoe Tinnion
Clare Radburn

Practice Group Clerks
Peter Mottram
Richard Carroll
James Turner
Clare Smith
Matthew Reeves
Luke Clark

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

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Emma Williams - Personal Injury

Emma specialises in litigation arising from road traffic accidents.  Her experience within this area is broad. She is particularly interested in claims involving credit hire and fraud. Her significant experience in the small claims track, fast track and multi track has gleaned a sound knowledge of the sorts of arguments judges find attractive. Emma is therefore especially well placed to advise upon prospects where there are arguments as to liability, causation and allegations of fraud/fundamental dishonesty.

Her busy court practice consists of trials, interlocutory hearings and disposal hearings. Emma is keenly aware of the commercial considerations underpinning RTA claims as well as the impact upon, and experiences of, lay clients attending court.

She is happy to receive paper instructions for drafting and advisory work.

Emma is very happy to accept instructions pre-litigation and exhorts the benefits of engaging counsel to consider merits at an early stage. Such conferences can be conducted in person or by phone.

Before being called to the Bar, Emma read English Literature at the University of Bristol where she graduated with first class honours and was ranked first in her year. She received substantial scholarships to complete her legal studies and, most recently, has been nominated for Junior Professional of the Year.

Recent cases include:

Successful defence of a multi track credit hire claim where liability/negligence remained in issue

Achieving a substantial reduction in damages award where need had not been established for storage/recovery

Achieving summary dismissal of a claim for credit hire where the claimant had filed unintelligible documents and failed to make out its case

Achieving dismissal of a claim for credit hire where a claimant, during cross examination, conceded they had not signed the hire agreement and therefore the agreement was unenforceable

Acting on behalf of children and protected parties

Successfully disproving allegations of fundamental dishonesty made against a family of claimants

Advising upon the likelihood of successfully pursuing allegations of fraud and settling proceedings

Acting on behalf of a defendant who, following settlement of a personal injury claim within the MOJ portal, discovered cogent evidence of fraud and sought to vitiate any agreement made (making of agreement not being admitted)

Appearing at CCMCs and making the usual submissions regarding costs budgets

Dealing with matters of track allocation

Previous Experience

Litigation Assistant, SLC Solicitors

Junior Costs Drafter, Lyons Davidson

Gateway Assessor, Citizens Advice

Social Policy Co-ordinator, Citizens Advice

Witness Support Volunteer, Victim Support


From Inner Temple
Frank & Burris Gahan Scholar
Exhibition Award
Duke of Edinburgh Award

From the Bar Council
Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition, Second Prize

From the Wolverhampton Law Society
Highly Commended Junior Professional of the Year 2016
Shortlisted for the Junior Professional of the Year 2017

From the College of Law
No 5 Plea in Mitigation Competition
Negotiation Competition

From the University of Bristol
The Savage Prize, for best overall performance
Dean’s List
Ross Turnbull Prize

From the University of Oxford
Oxford University Access Essay Competition, Second Prize


‘Credit where credit is due: reforming a benefit recipient’s first right of appropriation’, www.barcouncil.org.uk

Costs in Focus, 2013, Lyons Davidson, Contributor


University of Bristol, First Class BA (Hons), English – ranked first in year

The College of Law, LLB, Upper second, Law

The College of Law, Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent

The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation