Emma Franck-Gwinnell (She/Her)

Associate (Dispute Resolution), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

About Emma Franck-Gwinnell

Hello! I'm Emma, a 2017 Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme alumna and one of the Founding Co-Presidents of the Laidlaw Alumni Society.

My 2017 Undergraduate Research project focused on UK legislation which requires certain organisations to publish an annual statement about the efforts they are making to stop modern slavery in their supply chains. In particular, I looked at whether this legislation was really making a difference in the fight against modern slavery in supply chains. At the time, I concluded that the legislation was largely ineffective - however, you'll be pleased to know that, just a few years later, topics such as modern slavery in supply chains have risen much further up the corporate agenda (for various reasons largely unrelated to the UK legislation).

These days, I work as a lawyer. For the first few years of my career, I advised corporate clients on ESG disputes and regulation (including matters relating to modern slavery statements!).

I am about to start a new, exciting chapter of my legal career, working to develop two nuclear projects which will help the UK to achieve net zero by 2050 and ensure that its energy supply is secure.

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme


Durham University

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Area of Expertise

Business and Management Careers Entrepreneurship Law Leadership

I am from:

Norway United Kingdom

I speak:

English Norwegian

My hobbies/interests are:

Badminton Cooking/Baking Crafts & DIY Hiking/walking Music Nature & environment Politics & current events Reading Rugby Theatre Travelling Volunteering Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Recent Comments

Jul 06, 2022

How fantastic - congratulations to everyone involved!

Sep 13, 2021

This looks really interesting - is there any chance of spaces opening up for Scholars not from the 2020 cohort?

Apr 05, 2021

Great opportunity here! Through work, I am a mentor in a program which focuses on social mobility "cold spots" - this is with the Social Mobility Foundation, which has some great data on areas of the country where the disadvantage gap is huge. Perhaps they'd be able to promote this to schools in cold spot areas? Home Page - Social Mobility Foundation

Mar 09, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Reuben! Glad you enjoyed the experience :)

Feb 26, 2021

What a great opportunity - can imagine those will get snapped up quickly!

Jun 10, 2020

Great initiative, thanks Rory! Also enjoyed your presentation yesterday.

Would love to see a "lunch hour" initiative, where Scholars/Alums do mini-explainers on the issues raised by their research or that they are interested in, with links to quick things we can do as individuals to make a difference (e.g. if you have 5 minutes, sign these petitions / share X article - if you have 15 minutes, write an email to your MP following this template). Think that would tie in really well with your list of further resources, too!

Jun 10, 2020

Hi Lucy,

This sounds like a really interesting and valuable project, which will hopefully be able to gather some data to shape policy debate and effect real change.

This is almost the opposite of your project, but I wonder as well what the 'hallmarks' are of unsuccessful 'Housing First' programs - I can imagine funding plays a big part, but also public attitudes towards such programs and probably other factors I haven't thought of yet...

Best of luck with the project, and I look forward to reading more about it soon!

Jun 09, 2020

Hi James,

Great article, thanks for posting! I especially agree with 4) - so important to maintain your friendships and try to connect with people and check in on your colleagues, especially during this period of lockdown when we know so many are feeling isolated.

Best of luck with your research this summer, and I look forward to seeing the outcome!