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Emma Favata specialises in civil claims against the police and public authorities, inquests and public law. She is committed to ensuring that her clients are fearlessly represented and their European Convention rights are vigorously defended.

Emma was part of the 17-strong Garden Court team who, along with other lawyers for the families of those who died at Hillsborough, were awarded the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award following their role in the Hillsborough Inquests.

Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities

Overview

Emma has extensive trial experience in actions against the police involving police brutality, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, trespass to property and misfeasance in public office. Emma's practice also includes breaches of data protection by public authorities and breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights. Emma has brought successful judicial review proceedings against the IPCC.

Notable Cases

Dwain Buike v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2009] EWCA Civ 971 - Junior counsel to Leslie Thomas. Successful appeal of County Court refusal to grant permission to the Claimant to bring proceedings under section 329 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Overview

From July 2013 to April 2016 Emma was junior counsel to Michael Mansfield QC at the Hillsborough Inquests and part of a team of lawyers representing 77 families. Emma and Michael Mansfield QC were specifically instructed to represent the Executive of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and their families, as well as working with the wider client base.

Emma has represented bereaved families in Article 2 Inquests involving deaths in custody, police pursuits and deaths involving NHS Trusts. Emma has brought successful judicial review proceedings arising out of inquests.

Notable Cases

Hillsborough Inquests
From July 2013 to April 2016 Emma was junior counsel to Michael Mansfield QC at the Hillsborough Inquests and part of a team of lawyers representing 77 families. Emma and Michael Mansfield QC were specifically instructed to represent the Executive of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and their families, as well as working with the wider client base.

Tainton, R (on the application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Preston and West Lancashire & Anor [2016] 4 WLR 157, [2016] EWHC 1396 (Admin) - Held that where the possibility of a violation of the deceased's ECHR article 2 right to life could not be wholly excluded, the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 s.5(1)(b) and s.5(2) should require the inclusion in the record of inquest of any admitted failings forming part of the circumstances of death, even if the jury could not properly find them causative of the death.

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Administrative and Public Law

Overview

Emma has expertise in judicial review and proceedings involving breaches of the Human Rights Act. Emma's practice in public law began by defending Brian Haw's ECHR Article 10 right to freedom of expression in the High Court injunction proceedings brought by Westminster City Council in their first attempt to eject Brian from Parliament Square.

Notable Cases

Westminster City Council v Brian Haw [2002] EWHC 2073 (QB) - Mr Justice Gray gave a resounding judgement in Mr Haw's favour strengthening the rights to freedom of expression.

R (application D) v Sheffield Youth Court [2003] EWHC 35 (Admin) - Junior counsel to Stephen Simblet. Judicial review of the Sheffield Youth Court's decision to commit C and D for trial to the Crown Court for charges of robbery and attempted robbery.

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Latest News

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield to go on trial for manslaughter by gross negligence

The trial of Mr Duckenfield is currently listed to start on 10 September.

29 June 2018

High Court quashes inquest conclusions of Stephen Port murder victims

Leslie Thomas QC, Emma Favata and Paul Clark of Garden Court Chambers instructed.

28 November 2017

Hillsborough Review backs ‘Hillsborough Law’

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers were involved in the Hillsborough inquests, representing 80 families of those who died.

1 November 2017

Hillsborough disaster: criminal charges against six people

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers represented 80 families at the Hillsborough inquest.

29 June 2017

Families of Stephen Port murder victims issue plea for information through lawyers

The families of Stephen Port's victims are represented by Leslie Thomas QC, Emma Favata and Paul Clark.

6 January 2017

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Garden Court Chambers recognised for “outstanding achievement” following Hillsborough inquests

Garden Court Chambers Hillsborough inquest team wins Outstanding Achievement Award at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2016.

8 July 2016

Hillsborough inquest concludes 96 fans were unlawfully killed

Garden Court Chambers represented 77 families at the inquests.

26 April 2016

18 Garden Court barristers instructed on Hillsborough Inquest

Garden Court Chambers are pleased to announce that 18 Garden Court barristers have been instructed on the Hillsborough inquest.

18 October 2013

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Education

  • MA (Hons) Philosophy
  • Diploma in Law
  • LLM
  • Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (Universite de Nanterre-Paris X)

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish (competent)

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