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Emma Varley


Public Law and Human Rights

Emma is an associate in our Public Law and Human Rights team. She acts in a wide range of public law matters, including cases in the Court of Protection.

Emma has a particular interest in Education Law, and frequently represents children and young people in education-related judicial review challenges of decisions by local authorities and educational institutions, as well as in civil claims for compensation; many of her cases touch upon human rights issues and discrimination.

As well as being instructed by family members in disputes in the Court of Protection, Emma is also frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent ‘P’. Emma’s practice encompasses all aspects of health and welfare, including complex issues relating to care, residence, contact, and deprivations of liberty.

During her training contract, Emma also gained experience in the Employment & Professional Discipline and Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury teams at Bindmans LLP.

Education and career
  • Emma graduated with a Philosophy BA, First-Class Honours, from University College London
  • She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, with Distinction, from the University of Law. She also completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, gaining a distinction
  • Emma worked as a paralegal for two years prior to joining Bindmans LLP, gaining experience in Court of Protection, community care, and education law
  • She qualified as a solicitor in 2019
  • Makaton Levels 1 and 2

Emma’s cases include:

Judicial Review
Court of Protection
Chambers and Partners UK 2024
  • Emma is featured as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Education: Individuals.
  • Clients acknowledge, ”Emma is always courteous, polite, very honest and helpful.”
Legal 500 2024
  • Emma is recognised as a ‘Rising Stars’ in Administrative & Public Law.
  • Emma is also recognised for her expertise in Education: Individuals.
  • ‘Emma Varley and Karen May are very knowledgeable about their areas of law, have an excellent grasp of procedure, and are very practically-minded.’
Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Emma is recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ for Education: individuals
  • “Emma Varley of Bindmans LLP regularly advises students, parents and educational establishments on safeguarding, breach of contract and disability discrimination matters”
  • Feedback describes her as a “strong, confident solicitor with a very sharp intellect and excellent drafting skills”
  • “Emma is rapidly developing her education reputation with strong analytical skills”
  • Emma is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ for Administrative and Public Law.
  • “Emma Varley has really impressed me this year. She has a good understanding of wider public law and housing issues with impeccable attention to detail”
Professional memberships

Emma is a member of the Education Law Association and the Young Public Lawyers’ Group.