Emma Deacon

1993 (QC 2016)

“she is calm, has excellent judgment and is very bright”

- Chambers UK (2019)

"A powerful performer who is an indefatigable advocate and a fearsome cross-examiner."

- Chambers UK (2018)

"She pays great attention to detail while not losing sight of the ultimate issues in the case."

- Legal 500 (2017)

"Definitely a force to be reckoned with"... "Very thorough, doesn’t give much away"... "A proper opponent"

- Chambers UK (2017)

"She is of exceptional ability and will go right to the top in silk."

- Legal 500 (2016)



A highly regarded criminal fraud specialist, Emma has notable expertise in high profile cases involving serious and complex fraud, money laundering and corruption. She also has a well-established reputation in cases involving organised crime, including drugs conspiracies and human trafficking. Her expertise includes regulatory issues and offences. She is frequently engaged in cases which are legally and factually complex, many of which involve international dimensions. 

She is usually instructed at an early stage to provide strategic advice to prosecuting authorities in respect of pre-charge investigations or to those facing possible criminal proceedings. She is known to be tactically astute and a powerful persuasive advocate with extensive trial experience.

Before taking silk Emma was regularly instructed to lead in cases where QCs appeared on the opposing side. She was on the SFO ‘A’ panel from 2009 and a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor (with specialisms in fraud and organised crime) from 2007.

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Emma Deacon
Emma Deacon QC

Specialist Areas

  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • General Crime
  • Professional Discipline



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Recent news

Convictions in latest Euribor trial
02 April 2019

Convictions in EURIBOR trial
19 July 2018

Convictions in the latest LIBOR trial brought by the SFO
12 July 2016

Emma Deacon Appointed as Queen's Counsel
11 January 2016

Recorder Appointment
21 December 2015