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Emma Brooks
Partner
0207 842 1648
Languages:
English
Emma specialises in corporate fraud, white collar crime and regulatory investigations.

Emma has particular expertise in representing individuals subject to investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC and NCA in cases involving allegations of complex and serious fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption.

Emma also represents professionals and high-profile individuals in serious and general crime matters. She regularly advises clients in police interview and has a wealth of experience and great success in making representations to the CPS, and other prosecuting authorities, that no further action should be taken against her clients. Emma regularly represents solicitors facing criminal and regulatory issues.

The directories say:

Legal 500

The Legal 500 Fraud: White Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals) states: ‘Emma is a clever, determined and savvy solicitor who is a future heavyweight of the criminal fraud world.

Notable experience
  • Advising individuals in respect of the German 'cum-ex' tax investigation scheme.
  • Acting for the former CEO of a FTSE 100 company being investigated for bribery, fraud and money laundering offences.
  • Acted for the former Chairman of Alstom who was prosecuted by the SFO for bribery offences. Her client was acquitted of all charges following a four-month trial.
  • Acted for the directors of London-based oil and gas company, Soma Oil & Gas, in relation to the SFO’s investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in respect of oil contracts in Somalia. The investigation was concluded with no charges being brought against any of the directors.
  • Acted for a defendant prosecuted by the SFO in connection with LIBOR fixing.
  • Acted for an accountant charged with multi-million-pound fraud of the income tax self-assessment system, described by a senior tax official as ‘one of the most intricate frauds I have seen in 30 years’.
Background
Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2001. She worked at leading criminal defence and fraud firms, before joining Byrne & Partners LLP in 2014, where she was made partner in 2017. She is a committee member of the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee and a member of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) and the Fraud Lawyers’ Association.
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