Emma Zeb

Year of Call: 1998

Inn: Inner Temple

Judicial Office: Recorder

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She is outstanding – she does a lot of inquests and she is superb.”

Chambers UK,  2021

Emma specialises in complex inquests.  She has a wealth of experience in all types of inquest from shorter yet difficult one day matters to multi-Interested Party high profile cases, lasting 8 weeks or more, and many Article 2 cases before a Jury.

Emma acts for bereaved families as well as individuals and public / private sector bodies whose actions may be examined. Her clients include private prisons, the police, probation, local authorities, private and public sector care homes, housing providers, health trusts / boards and employers.  Emma has been appointed as junior counsel to the Crown and through this role she represents the MOJ regularly in relation to deaths in custodial settings or concerning the delivery of probation services.

She has a real talent for handling cases involving significant amounts of documentation and distilling this down to the relevant issues.

From the first PIR to the conclusion of the inquest and its implications for any potential civil or criminal proceedings, a understands the nuances of coronial procedure and in particular difficult arguments regarding disclosure and PII as well as whether Article 2 is engaged or a jury is mandated.  Emma has dealt with judicial review issues in relation to procedural matters before inquest and regarding the outcome of an inquest.  .

A confident and popular inquest advocate Emma has been instructed in over 10 jury inquests in 2019 alone and she continues to be recognised in Legal 500 for her work in this area.

Notable recent inquests include:

  • Re: BP – May 20 – One of a number of inquests Emma has recently been instructed on concerning patient deaths after suffering numerous falls.
  • Re D Murakami – March 2020 – Acting for the Talygarn in patient unit. Article 2, jury inquest concerning self- inflicted death.  One of a number of cases for the unit handled by Emma.
  • Re Conner Marshall – Jan 2020 – acting for Wales CRC in 2 week Article 2 inquest concerning the murder of one man by another who was being managed by the CRC under a community order sentence
  • Re McLean – November 2019 – Acting for G4S concerning death in custody. Article 2 inquest.
  • Re Benning / Groves – November 2019-  Acting for MOJ – Article 2 inquest concerning a death related to Psychoactive substances.
  • Re Scarlett Woods – October 2019 – Acting for the MOJ concerning the suicide of a woman being held in a secure hospital.
  • Re M Jones – 2 weeks Article 2 inquest concerning the death of a teenage girl in a psychiatric unit. Due to be heard in 2020.
  • Re Cusworth – acting for HMP Dartmoor in a 2 week article 2 inquest on the murder of one inmate by another (PIR September 2018 / inquest May 2019 / further inquest April 2020)
  • Re Stoneman – September 2019 – 2 week Article 2 inquest – death in custody
  • Re Inglis – April 2019 – Article 2 inquest concerning the death of a young girl in a psychiatric unit.
  • Re Cole – Death in custody – acting for G4S (inquest 2 weeks March 2019)
  • Re Watts – acting for HMP Bristol in natural causes death (August 2018)
  • Talygarn Unit inquests – acting for a psychiatric unit in relation to inquests touching the deaths of D Murakami and J McCarthy (Sept 2018)
  • Re Mark Kentish – acting for Gloucester Constabulary in multiple PIP in Article 2 inquest (2 weeks May 2018)
  • Re Ashley Simmonds – acting for Gloucester Constabulary in multiple PIP inquest (March 2018)
  • Re Day – acting for a bereaved family in relation to a medical death following a serious injuries in RTA (March 2018)
  • Re Gallier – acting for Gloucester Housing and Social Services Departments in multiple PIP inquest (January 2018)
  • Re Griffiths – acting for a private prison in a 2 week Article 2 inquest – Jury (July 2017)
  • Re Samra – acting for a private prison in a 2 week Article 2 inquest (Oct 2017)
  • Re Peters – acting for a private care home into the death following a fall in a care home (June 2017)
  • Re Rowland – acting for a bereaved family in a Neo-natal death (PIR May 2017 and inquest late 2017)
  • Re Smith – acting for Gloucester Constabulary in a multiple PIP inquest Article 2 – Jury (inquest May 2017)
  • Re Cox – acting for HomeGroup in a multiple PIP inquest – Jury (March 2017) – Acting for HomeGroup in rewlated litigation (2018)
  • Re Crane – acting for Bristol City Council in a multiple PIP Article 2 inquest (Oct 2016)

Seminars Delivered:

  • Mock trial: Sitting as Judge in a mock trial tailored for solicitors needs on Clinical Negligence (Jun 2020)
  • Live Webinar: Inquest update in light of COVID-19 (May 2020)
  • Webinar: An Update from St John’s Chambers Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Teams (Apr 2020)
  • Inquests seminar: Submissions at the inquest and beyond (Dec 2019)
  • Mediation in clinical negligence disputes: How can it work for me? Delivered to various solicitors
  • Mock trial: sitting as a Judge in a mock trial for a Highways Act claim, to provide training for numerous authorities in the South West.
  • AvMA: Best practice in preparing for medical death inquests (Feb 2019)
  • Inquest funding: AvMA South West meeting in conjunction with the area coroner
  • Inquests: What ever practitioner should know
  • Article 2 inquests
  • Highway Law: Best practice and procedure seminar for Wiltshire County Council (Feb 2018)
  • AvMA Conference Birmingham: Chaired conference and delivered seminar on ADR (Jan 2018
  • AvMA clinical negligence seminar: Chair and presented talk on ADR (Jan 2018)
  • Mock trial: Sitting as District Judge in a mock trial in a Highways Act claim, training attendees from 6 local authorities in the South West (March 2017)
  • HMSC Voisin hosted the Coroner’s Court Support Service and delivered a day of seminars (Dec 2017)


  • 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.