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Emily Lanham


Emily is regularly instructed in a range of both Defence and Prosecution work in all areas of Criminal Law.

She has acted as led junior and junior alone in complex drug matters, serious violence and sexual offences.

“I can’t recommend Emily Lanham highly enough. She works incredibly hard, is very articulate and pays close attention to detail on every case. We have continually received positive feedback from our clients whom Emily has represented. She is most professional, and is very knowledgeable on various areas of law. I hope to work with her again very soon.” (Criminal Defence Solicitor)

Emily takes pride in working collaboratively with those instructing her and providing support to professional witnesses.

“I have now completed a number of trials with Miss Lanham. She is extremely efficient, approachable and will ensure all documentations and relevant information required from the police or her OIC is provided in a timely manner. What is extremely noticeable about Miss Lanham is that she is receptive to opinions by the police and will act accordingly on the OIC’s behalf whilst in court. The points in which she makes in court are coherent and concise, making her argument simple, easy to follow but effective when presenting to the Jury.” (OIC)

She is often instructed in cases which involve complicating factors such as mental health issues, serious injuries or vulnerable witnesses.

Emily also accepts instructions in prison law.

Emily has extensive experience working with children, vulnerable adults, and those with mental health needs.

Prior to joining Chambers, Emily spent several years managing mental health services, and projects supporting young people in the charity sector.

She is praised for her sensitive approach to cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

“Thank you for making the process smooth and easy for me…your guidance in our conference and [on the day of trial] really helped me prepare” (Criminal Defence Client)

“I will never forget what you have done for me” (Criminal Defence Client)

Regulatory and Local Government

Emily has a loyal following of local authorities who instruct her on a frequent basis in regulatory and local government prosecutions including planning, noise nuisance and trading standards.

Emily takes pride in working collaboratively with those instructing her and providing support to professional witnesses.

Her paperwork practice sees her regularly instructed to advise on merits of taxi licensing, noise abatement notices, CPN appeals and prosecutions generally.

She is also instructed to draft pleadings or grounds for various regulatory matters.

Emily represents Police Forces for various applications such as domestic violence protection orders and anti-social behaviour orders.

Emily also accepts instructions from local authorities in SEN matters.

Emily has extensive experience over the last five years appearing for parents in SEN hearings, in a voluntary capacity.

She has successfully secured placements at specialist schools for several children, after tribunal or paper submissions.

Property and Social Housing

Emily has an established practice in housing matters including possession cases, injunctions and committal proceedings. She is also instructed in judicial review proceedings and has been successful in her written and oral applications in the High Court.
She often deals with complex cases involving Equality Act and Human Rights Act proportionality considerations as well as serious ongoing anti-social behaviour. She has experience with housing fraud matters and issues surrounding the succession of secure and assured tenancies.
Her paperwork practice includes drafting court pleadings on behalf of Councils and Social Landlords. She also provides advice on complex possession issues and liability.
Emily has particular interest in anti-social behaviour injunctions where she frequently acts for both Landlords and Social Housing providers, as well as Defendants.

She has been praised for her interaction with judges and for her focus on client care.

Emily has a firm working knowledge of Mental Health and the Care Act, having previously managed a mental health advocacy service in West London, which assist in matters involving defendants who lack capacity.

“Our sincere thanks for representing us in Court…you were very kind and supportive throughout the process.” (Private Landlord)


Emily has extensive experience in a broad range of civil work including personal injury matters and contractual disputes.

Emily has represented various individuals defending money claims including tradesmen accused of failing to finish work to a proper standard (colloquially termed “cowboy builders”) and commercial leaseholders.

Planning and Land

Emily is developing a practice covering all elements of Planning Enforcement, having been a paralegal at a leading planning and environmental chambers during the BPTC.

Emily has been instructed to advise on charging orders, Land Registry restrictions, improvement notices, enforcement notices and subsequent tribunal proceedings.

Emily regularly appears in Court for planning and environmental matters.

She has represented parties in relation to offences including non-compliance with enforcement notices, breach of condition notices, advertisement offences, breach of tree preservation regulations/orders (TPO’s) and related environmental offences.


Emily is building a busy employment practice and has experience appearing for both Claimants and Respondents in the Employment Tribunal. She has particular experience representing clients in cases involving discrimination issues or unfair dismissal claims.

She contributes to Chambers’ highly successful employment seminars, at the most recent she presented an update on the ‘Gender Pay Gap’ and pay equality.