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About Emily McNally

Emily has been helping individuals gain access to justice and equal treatment for over a decade. In the course of her career, she has assisted clients in a number of jurisdictions, including Canada, Peru, Pakistan, and the United States. She has been based in London since 2016.

Emily cut her teeth in contentious proceedings as a criminal defence case worker with Edward Fail Bradshaw Waterson Solicitors working for both legally aided and private clients. Her case load spanned police stations, magistrates’ courts, Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal. She is an experienced accredited police station representative assisting clients in the critical early stages of their cases.

Before practicing law, Emily worked for a number of human rights charities, including the anti-death penalty organisation Reprieve, a refugee shelter, and the UN Children’s Organisation UNICEF.

"Emily was super helpful in a very distressing situation, provided clear and concise advice and made me feel much more at ease. Thank you so much."

Emily joined the HJA Crime Team in 2022. She has a broad practice in serious criminal defence work, assisting clients from the police investigation stage all the way up to the Crown Court. She specialises in representing young clients at the police station and in the Youth Court.

Emily works tirelessly to assist individuals caught up in the criminal justice system, and strives in every case to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients and their families.

Client Comments

  • “Very helpful, straight to the point and highlighted all key points in my case to get the correct and just outcome from the moment i instructed to act on behalf.”
  • “Very good service,our solicitor really helps us,very professional,promptly”
  • “Emily was super helpful in a very distressing situation, provided clear and concise advice and made me feel much more at ease. Thank you so much.”


  • Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, 2023 to present
  • Trainee Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, 2021 – 2023
  • Criminal Case Worker & Paralegal, Edward Fail Bradshaw Waterson Solicitors
  • Legal & Police Officer, Reprieve
  • Intellectual Property Paralegal, UN Centre for Agricultural Research Peru
  • Information Officer, UNICEF Canada
  • Support Worker, Christie Refugee Centre Toronto

Members & Appointments

  • Accredited Police Station Representative
  • Associate Member, London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association


  • University of Cambridge, LLB
  • BPP University, Legal Practice Course
  • University of Toronto, MA (Hons)
  • University of Toronto, BA (Hons)
Further Reading Criminal Defence
Falsely Accused Of Crime
General Crime
Financial Crime and Regulatory