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Emma L. LipscombeConsultant Solicitor 

Consultant Solicitor

A highly regarded lawyer, Emma is a Consultant Solicitor, with a wide expertise in representing persons accused of all manner of serious allegations.

She is a criminal defence solicitor specialising in serious crime, and has defended a broad spectrum of criminal cases including murder, armed robbery, multi-handed conspiracies involving the importation and supplying of Class A drugs, sexual and violent offences and fraud. Emma deals with both private and legal aid clients.

Emma was admitted as a solicitor in September 2002 and before joining Lewis Nedas Law.. A duty solicitor since May 2005, Emma qualified as a Higher Court Advocate in March 2008. Emma appears as an advocate both in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court on a regular basis as well as preparing her cases for trial. She is meticulous in her preparation of all cases.


Emma recently secured a not guilty verdict on a high profile Terrorist case. Further details to follow.

R v C – Blackfriars Crown Court [2015]
Charged with sexual assault of a 14 year old female. Acquitted.

R v D – Kingston Crown Court [2014]
Charged with anal rape of a female met on a night out clubbing. Acquitted.

R v Z – Woolwich Crown Court [2013]
Charged with raping a female whilst on a date. Acquitted.

R v D – Swindon Crown Court [2013]
Charged with attempted rape and sexual assaults. A historical case spanning many years on a member of the family. Not Guilty of the attempted rape.

R v Modupe Russell – Blackfriars Crown Court [2012/2013]
Alleged fraud involving the transatlantic sale of high-value computer components. Investigation of collaboration between FBI and UK agencies. Hung jury, defendant pleaded guilty on retrial following service of further evidence.

R v Jessica Harper – Southwark Crown Court [2012]
Head of fraud at Lloyds bank who stole £2.4 million. This case received widespread media coverage as the press revealed that assets had been used to acquire properties in this country and abroad.

R v Anwar – Winchester Crown Court [2012]
Charged along with 10 others facing charges of Possession with Intent to Supply Class A drugs, was acquitted after trial. [Emma represented the defendant as the instructing solicitor and as led junior on this case].

R v Fay – Kingston Crown Court [2011]
Case concerned a number of Defendants arrested both in the UK and Spain for importation cocaine with a street value of £900 million, Crown offered no evidence on the third day of the trial.

R v Baeza – Woolwich Crown Court [2011]
Charged with Possession With Intent to Supply Class A drugs – pleading guilty to 3 kilos of cocaine on an agreed basis of plea and was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment. No confiscation order.

R v Schaverien – Southwark Crown Court [2011]
Beijing Olympics ticketing fraud. Representing accountant to a variety of connected businesses alleged to have defrauded internet ticket purchasers by selling non existing tickets.

R v Rowland – Basildon Crown Court [2011]
Charged with S.20 GBH, injury sustained involved 78 stitches to a facial wound. Ran self defence – acquitted after trial.

Colchester Military Court v Cft Moyo [2010]
Zambian National serving in the British Army charged with multiple counts of Rape and Assault.

R v Zomparelli – Wood Green Crown Court [2010]
Case involved police observation of the defendant driving a vehicle later discovered to contain 30 kilos of Heroin, he was charged several months after the 3 co-defendants. Acquitted.

R v McShane and Others – Southwark Crown Court [2008]
SOCA investigation into cocaine importation conspiracy by boat from the Caribbean to the UK involving 100kg+. Extensive cross-examination of surveillance officers alleging incompetence/dishonesty over lengthy period of observations. In addition other officers alleged to have fabricated “verbals”. Defendant acquitted.

R v Kamran Khan – Reading Crown Court [2008]
Extradited to UK after 6 years on the run in Spain, following shooting of victim outside a Slough mosque after Friday prayers. Defendant ran self-defence stating firearm was taken from the victim who was then shot by the accused, as he was attacked with a knife. Acquitted.

R v Bailey and others – Woolwich Crown Court [2008]
Professional and experienced armed robbers with history of discharging weapons at scene. Cash-in-transit officer shot in vehicle. Flying squad waiting for the Defendants.

R v Valentine – Central Criminal Court [2008]
Murder case relating to a shooting in Essex. Five Defendants stood trial with a sixth member of the group giving evidence against the Defendants. Trial involved cut-throat defences, bad character, mobile phone cell site evidence and firearms experts.

R v Monk and others – Snaresbrook Crown Court [2006]
Principal in double, multi kilo importation of cannabis case from Spain. The two importations were divided by several years but the Defendant was forensically linked to both. Complex financial investigation.

Imran Khan , Shakil Nisar and others – Kingston Crown Court [2011]
Major cannabis importation case from Holland involving tons of skunk loaded on to containers. Well organised conspiracy over lengthy period of time and over fifty trips.

Appeal Cases

  • McGrane [2011], R v Blackshaw and others [2011] EWCA Crim 2312
  • Emma represented Lorri Anne McGrane, one of the appellants in the leading sentencing authority for offences committed during the civil disorder in August 2011.  Emma represented a large number of people arrested in connection with the London riots.
  • Emma advises on a large number of appeal cases; in particular murder appeals.
  • Emma also undertakes Military Court work.
  • Emma was ranked as a Super Lawyer in 2013.
  • She is also a member of the sub-committee that prepares all the consultation responses on behalf of the LCCSA and Sub-Editor of the Advocate.

and Awards

legal 500 uk leading firm 2017 chambers leading firm 2017