Emma Burrows


Emma is a partner and head of the Trowers & Hamlins' Employment department which she founded.  Emma has specialised in employment law for over 30 years.

She is known for her practical approach and finding solutions. Emma advises mainly on sensitive issues, managing senior staff exits, board disputes, employment structures and governance issues. At any one time, she manages a few complicated employment tribunal claims, working with other members of the team.

She loves employment law and is an active member of the Employment Lawyers Association Legislative and Policy committee and on the Editorial Board of Employment Law Journal.

She contributes to leadership development in the affordable housing, charities and health and social care sectors, and has written and contributed to guidance over the years. She co-wrote "Board member pay- what housing associations need to know", and is currently involved in speaking and contributing to Leadership 2025, the leadership development programme available exclusively to senior leaders from BME backgrounds working in the housing sector. During her career she's spoken regularly for the NHF, CIOH and at other sector events. She's also a member of Housing for Women.

She works closely with Charities, and edits and contributes to Jordan's 'Employment Law for Charities – A Practice Guide to Employment Law and contributes the employment law section to ICSA's Charities Guide. Emma works closely with care providers and has worked closely with organisations providing social care in the last two years on sleep-ins, providing some advice to the No 10 Policy Unit as part of the discussion. She's been a member of the care team at Trowers since it started, about 20 years ago and works closely with VODG and its members.

Emma is "razor-sharp but disarmingly pleasant with it, and appears to have an instinctive feel for the best way to achieve your preferred outcome."

Chambers & Partners 2018

"Emma Burrows is widely praised for being 'impeccably supportive' and for offering advice that is 'timely, clear and totally customer-centric.'" She regularly assists with TUPE issues and high-profile executive exits. A client states that "she behaves like an employee of our company – she engages and is committed to getting the right outcome for us."

Chambers & Partners 2017
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