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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 joined HJA in 2021 as a trainee solicitor. She is delighted to be training with the firm’s celebrated Criminal Defence and Youth Team.

"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."


  • 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)
  • “Very good service,our solicitor really helps us,very professional,promptly”
Further Reading Criminal Defence
Falsely Accused Of Crime
General Crime
Financial Crime and Regulatory