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Emma Hawksworth Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Emma is a Principal Lawyer in the Employment Department based in London. She heads a team of lawyers who specialise in police employment issues.

Emma advises and assists the Police Federation and its members on collective and individual matters, with a particular emphasis on maternity, flexible working and pay issues. 

Emma advises and litigates on all aspects of police employment law including all types of discrimination, whistleblowing, pensions (medical retirement, injury awards, appeals), unsatisfactory attendance and performance, Police Regulations, pay and allowances, overpayments, leave and working time, civil actions and judicial review.

Most recently, Emma represented the Claimant in Clark v MPS, a successful claim in the County Court for a part-time inspector in which the court held that the equality provisions require part time inspectors to be paid for additional hours worked.

Emma has worked as an employment specialist advising police officers on their employment rights for over 15 years.  She completed her training at Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers, becoming a partner in 2003.

Emma studied at the University of Oxford.  She undertook her law qualifications at the University of Westminster.

Emma is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Emma provides commentary on employment law issues, and writes articles for a variety of publications, including in the police sphere.

Emma was the winner of the Association of Women Solicitors Awards in 2010 for best woman solicitor retaining and developing legal talent.  In the same year she was Highly Commended at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2010 in the category of Legal business woman of the year

Emma has been recognised in the legal directories for the past six years as a leader in her field. In Chambers & Partners 2014 Emma is ranked in Band 2 for Employment: Employee & Trade Union "Emma Hawksworth is recognised for her capacity to handle cases with a gender discrimination element. She garners favourable responses from a variety of market sources, with one satisfied client remarking: "I was very reassured by her support and the way in which my claim was handled." The Chambers & Partners 2013 legal directory describes her as a "key individual” with particular expertise in complex gender discrimination claims, and says sources recommend her “persistent, committed and driven” approach".

The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "the ‘efficient and direct’ Emma Hawksworth is recommended".