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Emma Harman

Emma Harman

Call 2003

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Emma is an experienced family law barrister who advises clients in both public and private law matters.  Her areas of expertise include:

Public Law

Emma receives instructions from local authorities, parents, grandparents and guardians involving a variety of issues including chronic neglect, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health issues, complex medical evidence and NAI finding of fact hearings.

Emma has represented clients in cases involving:

  • ICO
  • s38(6) assessment
  • EPO applications
  • Placement applications
  • Revocation of placement orders

Private Law

Emma is briefed on all aspects of private law proceedings, including:

  • intractable contact disputes
  • leave to remove
  • child abduction
  • cases involving both physical and sexual abuse

Matrimonial Finance and Divorce

Emma advises in all areas of finance including:

  • third party interventions,
  • s.37 protective applications,
  • enforcement and variation of financial remedy orders

Emma is known for her pragmatic and commercial approach to matrimonial finance with a growing reputation for her experience in dealing with complex or medium to high net worth cases. Emma is often counsel of choice in cases involving a family business or those with non-disclosure issues, trusts and pension features.
Emma is also briefed on TOLATA claims and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act as well as contested divorces and nullity.

Emma has been a director and shareholder of a SME and therefore has the advantage of having an in depth grasp of and understanding of the mechanics and ostensible complexities of cases involving businesses.


Emma has experience in assisted reproduction matters often involving parental order applications as well as other alternatives including adoption and child arrangement orders, many of which involve international surrogacy arrangements.

Examples of recent cases

Re FM (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 189 - Represented a mother who appealed against a special guardianship order made in favour of the mother's sister. The case involved a variety of issues including significant mental health problems, drugs, and extremely complicated family dynamics. The Court of Appeal granted permission to the mother to appeal, however in its reserved judgement dismissed the appeal.

Re W 2014 - Represented a mother in an application for an interim care order with a plan for immediate removal of the child from the mother's care. Successfully defeated the application in its entirety despite opposition from the Guardian, an adult psychiatrist and a child psychologist.

Re: C – Successfully represented a father against allegations of rape and threats to kill

Re: G – Represented a mother in private law proceedings in which the child had made numerous sexual abuse disclosures against the father. Successfully proved the allegations and achieved a no contact order and s.91(14) bar

Re F - Successfully represented a mother in her application for a return order under the Hague Convention

Emma offers sensitivity, humanity and empathy when advising clients but also adopts a robust yet pragmatic approach when required.

Direct Public Access

Emma accepts instructions on a direct public access basis.


"Emma was fantastic and so on the ball, and in my opinion took control of the opposition barrister and the outcome of the matter. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation." 2014

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March 5 2015:

Emma Harman, family law barrister at 3PB, gave a seminar to solicitors on the common pitfalls in surrogacy law more

September 16 2014:

3PB’s Family Law team - Bournemouth. Witness training workshop at Bournemouth County Court. more

April 21 2014:

Family law specialist Emma Harman has joined 3PB more

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Academic Qualifications

BVC Inns of Court School of Law

LLB (Hons) Brunel University


Lord Denning Scholar