Emma is an experienced family law barrister who advises clients in both public and private law matters. Her areas of expertise include:
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:
- s38(6) assessment
- EPO applications
- Placement applications
- Revocation of placement orders
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.
Examples of recent cases
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.