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Au, Emily
Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2252, Direct Fax: +44 20 7653 2100
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Emily Au is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. Her practice focuses on tax litigation and regulatory disputes.

Emily’s experience encompasses acting for taxpayers in disputes across the full spectrum of the UK judiciary, from appeals to the First-tier (Tax) Tribunal and Administrative Court through to applications to the UK Supreme Court, and in international arbitral institutions. Emily conducts advocacy before the UK tax tribunals. She also advises clients with regulatory enquiries, civil and criminal investigations, voluntary disclosures and alternative dispute resolution.

Emily has acted for multinational companies and high net worth individuals based in the UK, US, the Middle East and Asia, across a broad range of industries, including financial services, sport, media and entertainment, telecommunications and insurance.  

Emily is recognised for her expertise in the field of tax disputes. In 2021 and 2023, she was shortlisted as a European Rising Star in Tax by the Women in Business Law Awards. In 2023, she was listed as a Rising Star in Legal 500. Emily also regularly publishes and presents on topical issues within the tax field, including publications in the British Tax Review, Tax Journal and leading national newspapers.

Prior to joining the firm, Emily worked as an associate at another global law firm, spending three months on secondment to a global IT outsourcing company.

Emily graduated with honours in Law from the University of Exeter, where she was a Mooting Scholar, before completing a Masters in Law at King’s College London

  • BPP Law School
    (LPC, Distinction, 2018)
  • King's College London
    (LL.M., honors, 2016)
    • Obiter Dicta:
      • Editor-in-Chief
  • Solicitor, England and Wales 
  • European Rising Star in Tax for the Women in Business Law Awards – Shortlist (2021, 2023)
  • Rising Star in The Legal 500 (2023)
  • Benefits in kind: when are assets ‘made available’?, Tax Journal, 2023
  • Blurred lines: occupation, profession or vocation?, Tax Journal, 2023
  • What is a ‘capital’ stake in an LLP?, Tax Journal, 2023
  • Embiricos v HMRC: What’s the ‘matter’?, British Tax Review, 2022
  • Taxation of Image rights: Contracts and Commerciality, Tax Journal, 2022
  • Tax Disputes: the Mixed Member Partnerships Rules, Tax Journal, 2022
  • The Future of the UK’s Funding Market for Fast-Growing Tech Companies, The Telegraph, 2019
  • “The Right To Be Forgotten: Balancing the Fundamental Rights to Privacy, Data Protection and Freedom of Expression,” British Conference of Undergraduate Research