July 2006 - Present: 25 Bedford Row, Deputy Director of Clerking
May 2005 - July 2006: Bridewell Chambers, Senior Clerk
July 2001 - May 2005: Bridewell Chambers, 1st Junior Clerk
September 2000 - July 2001: Ely Place Chambers, 1st Junior Clerk
June 1991 - September 2000: The Chambers of Ronald Thwaites QC, 2nd Junior Clerk
Emma Makepeace is an incredible, tenacious and exceptional force in chambers.
Legal 500 2021
Emma’s principal responsibilities include business and practice development, chambers development, marketing, diary management and fee negotiation. Emma’s role involves developing and maintaining strong customer relationships on behalf of members to their professional clients and providing invaluable support to our Senior Clerk, Guy Williams, in the management and administration of chambers as a whole
Emma served on the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks’ Management Committee from 1997 – 2012 and is the former Chairperson of the Chambers & Social Committee and Editor of their bi-annual bulletin. She is a qualified member of the Institute Barristers' Clerks and was awarded the John Carter Memorial Trophy in 1997, “Clerk of the Year” upon completion of the BTec Advanced Award in Chambers Administration .
Emma is the one of the founding Committee members of the Female Fraud Forum. The association is aimed at solicitors, barristers and accountants who work in financial regulation and the criminal and civil fraud sector. Its purpose is to foster, encourage and advance women of all levels through shared ideas, knowledge and experiences providing a much needed support network for those in the profession or returning to the profession.
Emma is a member of Women in Criminal Law. In November 2021, she joined the WICL Wellbeing sub-committee.
- “Emma Makepeace is an incredible, tenacious and exceptional force in chambers.” Legal 500 2021
- Outstanding. What makes the clerks’ room work so well at 25BR is the division of labour between Guy Williams, Emma Makepeace and Alfie Lee – they are all excellent, and have attributes which complement each other very successfully.” Legal 500 2021
- Guy Williams is the director of clerking and Emma Makepeace is the deputy director. "The clerks are very friendly and efficient." They provide "an excellent service and invariably suggest suitable counsel for the level and complexity of the case." Chambers and Partners 2021
- Guy Williams, director of clerking, and Emma Makepeace, the deputy director of clerking, are commended for running a “slick operation”. Chambers and Partners 2020
- Guy Williams, the senior clerk, and Emma Makepeace, the deputy senior clerk, are both very popular with those that instruct the set. Chambers and Partners 2019
- Guy Williams, the senior clerk, and Emma Makepeace, the deputy senior clerk, offer some of the best clerking London has to offer." Chambers UK 2019
- Guy Williams, Emma Makepeace and Alfie Lee are a class clerking act. The clerks room is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They are a real credit to chambers and I consider the clerks team to be on a par with the best clerks in London. Legal 500 2021
- Deputy Director of clerking Emma Makepeace is ‘a standout clerk’ who is ‘personable, honest, gets to know the solicitor and, therefore, has a unique ability to match the solicitor with the appropriate barrister for a particular case’. Legal 500 2020
- Senior clerk Guy Williams, is ‘the leading ambassador’ for championing client service, and deputy senior clerk Emma Makepeace is rated ‘very highly’ for her ‘commercial’ approach. First junior Alfie Lee is ‘friendly and committed’, and solicitors ‘acknowledge how well he has grown into his role, going out of his way to assist and accommodate wherever possible’. Legal 500 2018