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Emma Hodgson

Higher Courts Advocate

Chambers (Advocacy)

Emma Hodgson is a Higher Courts Advocate and specialises in the representation of vulnerable defendants with disabilities. She is also a Duty Solicitor and holds additional qualifications in British Sign Language.

More about Emma

I have over 20 years experience in criminal defence work and have held Higher Rights of Audience for the past 15 years.  I also conduct private prosecutions on behalf of the RSPCA and Royal Mail.

The majority of my work comprises Crown Court trials and I specialise in the representation of vulnerable defendants with disabilities and am adept at cross examination of vulnerable witnesses. I am strongly committed to achieving the best outcome for my clients.

I’m also a member of the Duty Solicitor scheme and provide representation at the police station and Magistrates’ Courts.

I hold additional qualifications in British Sign Language and regularly assist members of the Deaf community at Court and at the police station.

In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and hiking.

Notable Cases

  • DB – Court of Appeal – obtained substantial reduction in sentence of appellant convicted of a number of armed robberiesacquittal of defendant charged with perverting course of justice in murder investigation
  • SS – Leeds Crown Court – defendant acquitted of historical sexual allegations following trial by jury
  • SJ – Northampton Crown Court – defendant acquitted of “cold case” murder following trial by jury
  • TB – Nottingham Crown Court – defendant acquitted of conspiracy to commit GBH following trial by jury
  • CM – Luton Crown Court – defendant acquitted of sexual allegations involving vulnerable child complainant following trial by jury

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