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Emma Thorsen

Emma Thorsen


Emma practices primarily in criminal and administrative law, and associated areas including domestic violence related matters. She accepts briefs in all stages of criminal law matters and in all jurisdictions from QCAT to the Supreme Court.


Before joining the private bar in 2023, Emma began her legal career in 2016 volunteering as a Judges’ Clerk Trainer in the Supreme Court of Tonga and then worked as an Associate to a District Court judge. She worked at Crown Law in the Constitutional and Advocacy Team as a solicitor for almost three years where she regularly appeared in the Mental Health Review Tribunal, had conduct of Dangerous Prisoner applications files, and prepared advice with respect to Mental Health Court appeals and regulatory prosecutions.


Emma then moved to ATSILS where she worked in Mount Isa for two years. During this time, she gained extensive court experience representing some of the most disadvantaged clients in Queensland in rural and remote communities in Mount Isa and the Gulf region. Emma regularly appeared in busy circuit lists including Cloncurry, Normanton, Mornington Island and Doomadgee.


Emma worked for Legal Aid Queensland in Ipswich immediately before commencing at the private bar. She is now briefed regularly to appear in that jurisdiction and is available to be briefed to appear for clients throughout Queensland.


Throughout her career, Emma has sought to use her legal skills to assist those most in need. She brings this same approach with her to the private bar.

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