Emma Sutton

Call 2006


Emma was involved in the E-Coli Inquiry which was established to inquire into the circumstances that led to the outbreak of the E-Coli 0157 infection in South Wales in September 2005. More recently, Emma has experience of advising and representing parties at inquests; principally Article 2 inquests where there is a mental capacity or mental health aspect (in inpatient and community settings). Additionally, due to Emma’s public law background, she has a particular interest in cases where public authorities face questions regarding their duties towards children and vulnerable adults.

‘A tough negotiator, who is excellent with lay clients [with] an impeccable court manner’

The Legal 500

Emma Sutton has recently successfully completed the ‘25 for 25’ Challenge which involved undertaking a significant number of hours of pro bono work through Advocate.
Read more about this here.


Instructed on behalf of a Trust in an Article 2 ECHR inquest concerning the death of an informal patient admitted to a mental health unit. Issues raised on behalf of  different family members included non-causative findings being added to the record, a rider/ finding of neglect and the requirement of a PFD report; all of which were opposed by the Trust. The Coroner agreed with the position of the Trust.

Instructed on behalf of a Trust in an Article 2 ECHR inquest concerning the death of a patient who had a longstanding diagnosis of anorexia. The inquest was complicated by the number of interested parties and required a clear understanding of the NHS system and the roles/ responsibilities of each public body.

Instructed on behalf of a wife in an Article 2 ECHR jury inquest concerning the death of a prisoner in his cell. The inquest lasted a week and involved the questioning of a number of professionals (health and social care and from within the prison service).

Instructed on behalf of a family in an Article 2 ECHR inquest concerning the death of a Bristol man who died in a house fire. Emma represented the family at a number of PIR’s which included the successful application to the coroner for expert psychiatric evidence to consider whether the deceased had the capacity to make decisions regarding his residence and care needs due to mental health problems shortly prior to his death.


Emma is recommended as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for inquest and inquiries work, most recently quoted as being ‘Extremely meticulous, knowledgeable, and a fearless advocate.’