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Emma Mills

She is very dynamic and forthright, full of energy and offers her clients a very good service.
Chambers UK 2022

Emma Mills is an employment lawyer with over 15 years’ experience advising employers across a range of sectors on contentious and non-contentious issues arising from all stages of the employment relationship.

Emma regularly supports her clients on large-scale projects, often international, including restructures and redundancies, contract variations and outsourcing/insourcing arrangements advising on both legal requirements and strategy for successful implementation.

Emma is also a successful litigator and represents her clients in the full range of Employment Tribunal disputes as well as High Court litigation involving high value breach of contract claims and applications for injunctive relief. These claims are often high profile and Emma’s experience in dealing with litigation strategy and reputational issues is invaluable.

Emma works across a range of sectors but has a particular focus on working with clients in the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Her work in the financial services sector includes advising on regulatory issues relating to employees. She gained particularly valuable insights into successful lawyer-client relationships and the impact of employment issues on a global scale on secondment with an multi-national technology company based in the United States.

Emma also regularly advises on senior executive appointments and associated contractual documentation, terminations, and severance packages.

Emma is keen to share the benefit of her experience and regularly leads training on employment issues as well as mentoring individuals in earlier stages of their career. She is also a leader in the firm’s pro bono activities and recently led a training programme for refugees in the UK.


  • Advising a global financial services client on a complex restructure of its business operations across multiple jurisdictions including consideration of information and consultation requirements and regulatory issues
  • Advising a multi-national technology company on the establishment of a European Works Council. This involved consideration of this technical legislation across a number of European jurisdictions. It was important to employee relations across Europe and sensitive for this US-based client
  • Advising a major UK financial services client on the outsourcing of various business functions. This was a significant project for the client which faced considerable scrutiny and included advising on associated consultation and employee relations issues in view of the sensitivity of the project for the client's trade unions
  • Acting for a business services client defending a High Court claim for breach of contract in excess of £2.5 million from its former Managing Director
  • Representing a life sciences client in the High Court in successful injunctive action to recover confidential information from a former executive
  • Manchester University, LLB (Hons) English Law and French Law, 2000
  • College of Law, Chester, Legal Practice Course, 2001


Emma regularly presents seminars to clients and external contacts and provides comment to the media on developments in employment law.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Manchester Law Society Employment Law Committee member