Emma Norton

Emma Norton
Head of Legal Casework

Emma manages our legal casework and undertakes a variety of human rights test cases across a range of areas.

She's one of our leading voices on soldiers’ rights, acting for three of the Deepcut families and the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. Emma also conducts much of Liberty’s surveillance litigation and represents a number of women who have been the victim of sexual crime and let down by the criminal justice system.

Emma is a qualified solicitor and has a background in prison law, mental health law and immigration detention work. She also sits on the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society.

Articles by Emma Norton

Sean Benton's case exposes Government plans to abandon human rights as nakedly self-serving

Today is a momentous day for the family of Private Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut barracks in 1995.

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What the Government must do after the Grenfell Tower fire

The Government has an opportunity – a chance to take a different approach to the one it has followed after so many previous disasters.

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Armed Forces survey rings alarm bells for soldiers' rights

The latest Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey has been published today.

Distributed to a sample of almost 30,000 troops, it provides us with a useful snapshot of the real lived experiences of the men and women in our Armed Forces.

There are some positives. Seventy-four per cent of personnel are proud to be in the services. Eighty-nine per cent say their family is proud of them.

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Bullying and discrimination persist in the Armed Forces – the MoD must act

Last week, the Service Complaints Ombudsman Nicola Williams published her first annual report.

It covers her first year in charge of the new Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF) – and it paints a worrying picture of the bullying and discrimination still a very serious problem within our military. 

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Smoke and mirrors at the MoD

Liberty's Emma Norton on why the Ministry of Defence's proposed compensation scheme is about protecting itself, not soldiers.

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The inquest into the death of Alice Gross is another example of the Human Rights Act delivering truth, justice and reform

Yesterday the inquest into the death of 14-year-old Alice Gross concluded. Thanks to Article 2 of the Human Rights Act, it addressed not only how Alice had died, but broader questions around what our authorities knew – or should have known – about her killer.

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Des James: Why a public inquiry is so important

Liberty today announced that it has written to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to request a public inquiry into physical and sexual abuse at Deepcut barracks.

The call comes in the wake of the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who died at Deepcut in 1995 – which exposed to public scrutiny the toxic, violent and sexualised environment in which Cheryl and other young soldiers lived.

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Cheryl James - and why the Armed Forces need the Human Rights Act

On Monday, more than two decades after Cheryl James died at Deepcut Barracks, the inquest into her death will begin. Cheryl was 18 and undergoing initial army training when she was found dead of a gunshot wound. She had apparently been posted alone and armed with an SA80 rifle to guard a gate.

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Linda Benton

We are terribly sad to announce the death of our client, Linda Benton. 

Linda was the mother of Sean Benton, the first young soldier to die in unexplained circumstances at the notorious Deepcut barracks in Surrey.

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International Women's Day 2015

It's a sad fact that women disproportionately suffer certain types of crime precisely because they are women. Domestic violence, sexual assault, rape – of course men suffer these crimes too, but it remains a terrible truth that the overwhelming majority of victims are female.

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