Emma Zeb

Year of Call: 1998

Inn: Inner Temple

Judicial Office: Recorder

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Emma is very organised and sharp and always knows her papers very well. She is excellent with witnesses. She is also very approachable and happy to be available at all stages to talk matters through.”

Legal 500,  2021
Inquests and Inquiries

Emma joined St John’s Chambers from a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence chambers in London over 20 years ago and now sits as a Recorder in both the criminal and civil jurisdictions. She is a highly experienced and well- respected barrister who has always successfully balanced a practice acting for both claimants and defendants in all types of personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Emma has always possessed a user friendly yet no-nonsense approach and is a fierce and fearless advocate who is always meticulously prepared.

Emma’s practice in personal injury consists mainly of high value catastrophic injury and fatality cases for both adults and children and she deals with all types of clinical negligence claims with particular experience in pressure sore cases and failure to diagnose cancer cases.

As Head of the Personal Injury and the Complex Inquests team, Emma is a sought after, busy and very experienced inquest advocate and regularly represents the interests of the bereaved family as well as public / private bodies and agencies (including private prisons, police, providers of medical & psychiatric care, care homes, social housing providers, local authorities, employers).  Her experience is wide ranging involving high profile and complex inquests often stretching to many weeks.  Her experience in and understanding of cases engaging Article 2 is first class both for the purposes of the inquest itself and any related litigation thereafter, including claims under the Human Rights Act.

Emma is a qualified mediator and her experience in this regard complements and enhances her approach to litigation through all forms of ADR as she recognises the importance of a practical and commercial approach.

Emma has been appointed junior counsel to the crown and undertakes complex inquest and high value personal injury and clinical negligence work for the prison estate, probation service and MOD.

Consistently ranked by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leader in her practice areas since 2008, Emma elicits reams of praise from professional and lay clients alike.

Beyond practice Emma delivers live seminars, Webinars and writes articles for the SJC website on a myriad of topics.


  • Recorder
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown 2018
  • Western Circuit Elected Representative for PIBA 2017 to present

Professional memberships:

  • PIBA – member of the Executive Committee (2017 to present) and Western Circuit electred representative 2017 – 2019
  • APIL
  • Association of Women Judges
  • Association of South West Mediators

Qualifications & awards:

  • LLB. Kings College, University of London – Law Degree (1996)
  • Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocational Course (1998)
  • Inner Temple Scholar 1997/1998.