Emily Powell

Contact Number: 029 2267 5530

Emily is a partner in the corporate and commercial team and specialises in advising the public sector on public law, procurement and state aid. Emily has advised public authorities on their powers and duties including advising local authorities on their options for future delivery of non-statutory services and the acquisition of investments. Emily has also advised housing associations on their procurement processes and can provide a complete legal service for all procurement and project requirements. Emily also hosts a forum for ‘heads of’ procurement working within the social housing sector.

Emily also advises the public sector on public law, procurement, state aid and commercial contracts issues including; Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), OJEU compliant tender processes, substantial amendments under the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2015 and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and service credits in Commercial Contracts.

Work History

Prior to joining Hugh James Emily worked in house as a legal advisor for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) where she worked for 8 years.

Emily’s experience which includes advising the MOD on high value and complex defence procurements, amendment of contracts subject to the procurement regime and the structuring and outcome of competitive procedures, means she is well placed to provide advice to those in the defence sector on defence procurement, Defence Readiness Condition (DEFCONS), single source contracting, EU procurement and state aid.

Emily joined Hugh James as a partner in the corporate and commercial team in 2017 following her legal adviser role at the MOD. Emily qualified in 2007 and initially trained and practiced in criminal defence and immigration obtaining her higher rights of audience and duty solicitor qualification.


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