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Emma Bartlett is a Partner specialising in employment and partnership law.

Emma advises on a varied cross-section of employment law matters, including unlawful discrimination, whistleblowing, equal pay, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, protecting confidential information, boardroom and partner disputes and claims under TUPE. She has particular expertise in dispute resolution and litigation, notably discrimination, bonus, 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, senior executives, partners, partnerships, LLP members, LLPs and trade unions/associations. Her broad client base spans several key sectors, including financial services, professional services (including legal and architectural), surgical, pharmaceutical/biotech and design/media. Amongst these clients are a number of growing, dynamic businesses (including UK start-ups), as well as long-established financial institutions.

As a litigator, Emma’s knowledge is underpinned by a strategic approach to negotiations – representing clients in the High Court and in tribunal cases, including in obtaining, executing and defending interim injunctions against former employees alleged to have breached confidentiality provisions.

Emma regularly speaks on diversity and inclusion issues, is editor of Employment Precedents and Company Policy Documents published by Thomson Reuters. Emma frequently publishes articles in relevant trade publications and the national press and most recently has spoken on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, LBC and BBC regional news on issues faced by firms during the pandemic.

Legal 500 UK 2022 
ranked Emma as a “Leading Individual” and recommended her as a “Key Lawyer” in Employment (Senior Executives). Exceptional in understanding the case details and bringing up the points that matter for winning. I had already been denied any chance of success during a painful and very stressful experience in facing a planned discriminatory dismissal. I was helpless, but I was very lucky to be introduced to Emma Bartlett. Her merit assessment was completely different from all others before, because she was very capable in exposing the true events beyond doubt amazingly from their own witnesses. Emma is extremely honest, truly a warrior to bring justice and never deterred. I admired her courage with her foresight of the sequence of events and forewarning in terms of time and cost.’

Emma is recommended as a “Global Leader” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2021.

Emma was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 1999.

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association