Emma Riggs

Emma was admitted in 2012 and works in the Commercial and Civil Litigation team.

Emma practices across a wide spectrum of the law, and predominantly in general litigation and commercial disputes including contractual, commercial leasing, defamation, general tortious and administrative law.  Emma maintains a particular interest in industrial law, governance and aboriginal issues.

Emma has considerable experience appearing in industrial matters, including unfair dismissal claims, employment contract issues, underpayment of wages, discrimination, bullying and harassment, whistleblower and WHS matters.  She also assists parties to manage employment disputes prior to litigation commencing, and provides advice on restraints of trade and intellectual property issues.

Emma is committed to the rights of Aboriginal People and acts for a number of Aboriginal organisations, including private organisations and native title representative bodies.  She advises on general commercial matters, industrial matters, general governance and represents Aboriginal organisations in their negotiations with government, mining and exploration organisations.

Emma has appeared or been instructed in every Court in South Australia, including the High Court of Australia.

Emma is also passionate about refugees, asylum seekers and supporting not-for-profit organisations, particularly those operating in South Australia.

Emma sits on a number of Boards and also assists non-for-profit organisations nationally and internationally. She has a keen interest in working on projects in South Sudan and is also an avid Adelaide Crows supporter.


Bachelor of Laws (Hons) University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Commerce University of Adelaide

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Merit) Australian National University


Law Society of South Australia

Executive Member SA Council of Civil Liberties

Committee Member Refugee Advocacy Service of SA