Emma Collins is a very strong technical lawyer with a firm grasp of the law.Legal 500 2021
A very good technical lawyer for complex legal matters.Chambers & Partners 2021
She provides excellent advice, is experienced and great with clients.Chambers & Partners 2021
I want to thank you very, very much for all the hard work you have done to sort my divorce out. Most of it done in unsociable hours. You are absolutely a star.Anonymous client
The "very sensible" Emma Collins is also "very able".Legal 500 2019
I felt that my solicitor, Emma Collins, took a strategic and holistic view of my situation and was extremely supportive at all times.Anonymous client
She is "very astute when negotiating with opposition."Chambers and Partners 2019
Emma Collins "works very closely with clients to identify their needs, works hard to achieve the best outcome but gives clear, realistic advice about the outcome," according to a source, who adds: "In my opinion, she is a hard-working and forthright leader in her field."Chambers and Partners 2018
Emma Collins has a 'very wide range of experience that enables her to deliver practical advice' and the 'extremely thorough, sensible and knowledgeable'.Legal 500 2017
"I could not have wished for better representation."Anonymous client
"Professional caring and highly skilled."Anonymous client
"Emma Collins is described by one peer as "very pleasant, a good lawyer and committed to doing things in a collaborative way." She has substantial experience advising on complex financial remedy matters, and is also skilled at handling children and wealth protection matters."Chambers and Partners 2017
Emma heads the Private Client team at Weightmans, advising individuals on both their personal and professional affairs. The family department has been consistently ranked in the Northwest Top Tier of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a team which "has a 'strong, reliable and intelligent team that looks to achieve the right result for the client'."
With over 25 years practising exclusively in family law, Emma is regularly instructed by her fellow solicitors, members of the bar and the judiciary, as well as many other professionals including consultants and accountants. Business owners frequently instruct Emma in cases involving complex corporate structures and interplay between trusts, offshore investments and pensions, appreciating her commercial understanding and approach to business issues within relationship breakdown. Her caseload regularly involves multi-million pound asset bases.
Emma advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown – divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and cohabitation, as well as pre and post nuptial agreements, Inheritance Act claims and matters relating to the children of the family. Emma has particular expertise in factually and legally complex financial remedy and cohabitation claims including those involving on and offshore trusts.
Emma is committed to finding dispute resolutions for her clients in a constructive and sensitive manner which is most appropriate for them, whether that is outside court through round table negotiations, mediation, collaborative practice, arbitration or other process or within the court arena.
Clients describe her as 'professional, caring and highly skilled'.
Emma is a long-standing member and former chair of the Resolution Publication/Drafting Committee, contributing to such publications as the Consent Order Precedents, Separation and Prenuptial Agreements and Cohabitation Agreement precedents. She is the author of the Inheritance Act chapter in the Resolution Family Law Handbook, most recently contributing to the third edition in 2020 with colleagues Matthew Morton and Lottie Tyler.
Emma is an active member of the Resolution Cohabitation Committee which advises on the law and best practice as well as lobbying government for positive change in family law. She is an accredited family specialist on the Resolution Panel (Advanced Financial Provision II and Cohabitation); a trained Collaborative lawyer; a Resolution trained mentor and the former treasurer of Manchester Area Resolution.
Emma speaks at a variety of seminars and networking events for fellow professionals, business people and others.
Emma is recognised as a leader in her field in both independent Legal Directories: Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Emma is also acknowledged as a "Top Recommended" family lawyer for high-net-worth individuals in The Spear’s Family Law Index 2021.