With over 23 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, off shore investments and pensions, appreciating her commercial understanding and approach to business issues within relationship breakdown. Her case load 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, and matters relating to the children of the family. Emma has a particular expertise in factually and legally complex financial remedy and cohabitation claims including those involving on and off shore 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.
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 Pre nuptial Agreements and Cohabitation Agreement precedents.
Emma is an active member of the Resolution Cohabitation and Equalities 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. She is also a contributor to publications including Kelly’s Draftsman and Resolution Family Law Handbook in relation to Inheritance Act work.
Emma is recognised as a Leader in her field in both independent Legal Directories: Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
From 22 April a number of significant changes in family law were introduced as the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force.
The Court of Appeal recently considered a residence dispute concerning twin girls aged 5 born as a result of egg donation.