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Emily Rayner

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Called: 2009

Email: erayner@harcourtchambers.co.uk

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Emily specialises in all areas of family law, with an emphasis on family finance matters.

 

Emily read law at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and then an LLM (Human Rights) at UCL obtaining a Distinction. During her BVC year, she was awarded the Astbury Scholarship and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition by Middle Temple. She was called to the bar in 2009 and became a tenant at Harcourt Chambers in 2010.

 

In 2011 Emily was a Pegasus Scholar to New Zealand where she primarily worked in the public law litigation department at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and at the family law firm McWilliam Rennie. She continues to advise New Zealand family lawyers on the English system.

 

Emily was awarded a scholarship from Middle Temple to undertake the South Eastern Circuit Keble Advanced Advocacy Course in 2014.

 

During 2015 Emily worked in the Law Officer’s Department of Jersey within the child protection team. She assisted with establishing a Children’s Panel for Jersey. Emily continues to advise Jersey lawyers on English and Jersey law.

 

Emily is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate circumstances. 

 

 

Endorsements

Emily is ranked as a leading junior in Children Law in London by the Legal 500 2016 directory. The directory quotes that: ‘She is kind and considerate to clients and provides well-thought-out, thorough advice.’

 

Practice

Emily has a keen interest in financial proceedings arising from relationship breakdown.  She advises and represents in all aspects of financial remedies as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA 1996 proceedings. She often advises and represents clients in CSA matters and regularly provides training and talks on the ever changing landscape of child maintenance. Emily writes on the law of nuptial agreements in collaboration with Louise Potter for the Practical Law Company and on the law of pension sharing in collaboration with Fiona Hay for Westlaw.

 

In public law proceedings, Emily has acted for parents, local authorities, children’s guardians and children in cases involving drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, emotional harm and allegations of sexual abuse and serious non-accidental injuries. She often represents vulnerable clients and always adopts a compassionate and practical approach. Emily was led by John Vater QC in the Court of Appeal case Re L-R [2013] EWCA Civ 1129 where a step-father appealed a sentence for contempt following care proceedings.

 

In private law children proceedings, Emily undertakes cases involving all section 8 Children Act 1989 applications and wardship proceedings, including those with an international element. She regularly receives instructions in proceedings involving implacable hostility, allegations of physical and sexual abuse perpetrated against a parent or child and internal and international relocation.

 

Emily frequently represents parties in injunction proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996. Emily volunteers on the Rights of Women telephone advice line and sits as a legal member on their Advisory Board.

 

Emily has a particular interest in human rights in the family law context and family law cases involving an international element. In addition to having worked in the legal system in New Zealand and Jersey, prior to pupillage Emily undertook human rights internships with The Carter Centre/Justice and Peace Commission in Liberia, JUSTICE and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Emily accepts instructions in judicial review proceedings, especially those matters which include a family law element.

 

Memberships

Association of Lawyers for Children

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Family Law Bar Association

JUSTICE

Emily practice covers all areas of family and civil law.

 

Emily read law at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and then an LLM (Human Rights) at UCL obtaining a Distinction. During her BVC year, she was awarded the Astbury Scholarship and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition by Middle Temple. She was called to the bar in 2009 and became a tenant at Harcourt Chambers in 2010.

 

In 2011 Emily was a Pegasus Scholar to New Zealand where she primarily worked in the public law litigation department at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and at the family law firm McWilliam Rennie.

 

Emily is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate circumstances.

 

PRACTICE

 

Emily has a busy civil law practice with experience of a broad spectrum of areas including trusts, bankruptcy, landlord and tenant disputes, possession proceedings and many other common law matters.  

 

Emily is happy to undertake advisory and drafting work in all areas of civil law as well as representing clients at court.

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Bar Pro Bono Unit

JUSTICE