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Emma Bartlett, Partner

Emma advises on all aspects of employment law.


Emma advises on all aspects of employment law including unlawful discrimination, whistleblowing, equal pay, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, protecting confidential information, boardroom disputes and claims under TUPE. Emma has experience in obtaining and executing High Court injunctions and has particular expertise in dispute resolution and litigation, notably discrimination, whistleblowing and trade union issues. She is a specialist in contentious discrimination matters and handling high value contentious claims for employers and senior individuals. Emma acts for employers, employees and trade unions/associations. Her client base is broad, both in terms of the range of work and the sectors in which they operate. Amongst these clients are a number of growing, dynamic businesses (including UK start-ups), as well as long established financial institutions, and senior executives.

Emma speaks regularly on diversity, is editor of the diversity sections of Employment Precedents and Company Policy Documents, Lexis Nexis and Employment Law service, Tolleys. She also publishes articles in relevant trade publications and the national press. Emma is a member of ELA.

Emma is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Successfully represented leading surgeon in securing his reengagement following high profile dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts. The case was one of public importance. The surgeon was exonerated and was reinstated – an award made in less than 2% of successful unfair dismissal cases.
  • Successfully represented a large London retailer in relation to a multi-discrimination employment tribunal complaint (direct, indirect, victimisation and harassment based on race and religion). The claim was complicated by worker status claim, large number of allegations and four different Respondents named.
  • Core team member advising the UK’s 21st largest accountancy firm, on its merger with Moore Stephens LLP, the UK’s 10th largest accountancy firm. Emma advised on the implications and collective consultation obligations under TUPE and various merger issues. The merged firm has a combined turnover of £156m, 43 offices around the UK and Ireland, and over 1,700 staff and partners.
  • Successfully advised group of senior and leading inhouse lawyers in connection with their various discrimination claims and departures from an international bank.