Emma Read

Year of Call 2006

General Profile

Emma’s expertise covers a wide range of commercial and chancery work.  She accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ core practice areas with specific emphasis on property, commercial and banking disputes, company and insolvency, probate, trusts and charities, and professional negligence.


Emma has developed a busy commercial chancery practice, regularly appearing in the High Court and County Court.  Emma is a robust and committed advocate and prides herself on giving commercial and practical advice.


Areas of Emphasis



Emma has extensive experience in commercial and banking law with a particular emphasis on claims concerning guarantees, mortgages, letters of credit and demand guarantees.  Emma is regularly instructed in a range of other commercial litigation including contractual claims, insurance disputes, conversion and professional negligence.



Emma has a growing practice in this area and has advised or acted in cases involving easements, mortgages, constructive trusts and several matters involving undue influence and duress. Emma also undertakes commercial and residential landlord and tenant work.



Emma has acted for, and against, liquidators, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and administrators in connection with a wide range of insolvency matters including claims against directors for misfeasance and breach of duty, disputed debts (including injunctions to restrain presentation / advertisement of a winding up petitions and applications to set aside statutory demands), jurisdiction and domicile and applications for rescission of winding up orders and the annulment of bankruptcy.


Company, Partnership and Unincorporated Associations

Emma has been instructed in a range of company and partnership disputes, including unfair prejudice petitions, claims against directors and disputes arising out of the dissolution of partnerships and industrial and provident societies.  Emma has been has experience of acting for charities in court and in connection with dealings with the Charity Commission.



Emma is frequently instructed to advise and represent beneficiaries and personal representatives in contentious probate matters and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.  



Qualifications and Awards


2006    Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)

2005    Post Graduate Diploma in Law
            Inner Temple Princess Royal Scholarship (Major Award)
            Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh's Entrance Scholarship

2002    Clare College, Cambridge (Graduate Studies: Philosophy of Science)

2000    Kings College London, BSc Biochemistry (First Class)



Memberships and Associations

Chancery Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit