Emma Dowden Teale heads DLA Piper’s UK public law team.

Emma advises on all aspects of public law, both contentious and advisory, including in respect of human rights, equality, procurement and inquiries.

Emma is a trusted advisor to government in the UK, and often advises at the intersection between the public and private sector. Her practice includes, on the public sector side, drafting and implementation of legal frameworks, policies, decisions and legislation, as well as defending public bodies in judicial review, human rights claims, equality claims and statutory appeals. In the private sector, Emma advises clients in the shaping of operations to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulation and broader human rights requirements; in respect of procurements; and representing them in challenges to public sector decisions when appropriate to do so.

Her experience reaches the four corners of public law practice. She has previously been seconded to a number of UK public bodies to provide advice as in-house counsel, as well as acting in reviews, inquiries, public law litigation, human rights complaints and constitutional challenges outside of the UK. Emma is particularly adept at advising and litigating in legally and politically dynamic contexts.

Emma is highly experienced in liaising with sponsoring central Government departments and Parliamentary Counsel in connection with the production and passage of draft legislation through Parliament and variously drafting and commenting upon legislation, statutory instruments and statutory and other guidance, policies and procedures.