Practice Profile

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


Emily is ranked as a leading junior in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 directories.


Before being called to the bar in 2009 and becoming a tenant at Harcourt chambers in 2010, 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.


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 writes the case law updates each quarter in the International Family Law Journal.


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



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 CMS 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 private law children proceedings, Emily undertakes cases involving all section 8 Children Act 1989. She appears in the High Court in matters relating to the international movement of children, including Child Abduction, Wardship and Inherent Jurisdiction. She regularly undertakes cases involving internal and international relocation providing practical and realistic advice.


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.


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. Emily writes the case law updates in the quarterly International Family Law Journal. In addition to having worked in the legal systems 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.



"She does exemplary preparation but it's backed up with very clear and concise advocacy. She's laser-sharp and knows when to stop, which isn't something everybody else knows how to do." "She offers outstanding client care and the full grasp of legal principles."  - Chambers UK Bar 2020 South Eastern


"A calm but persuasive advocate." Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 London


"An unflappable advocate who instills confidence in clients" Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 South Eastern


"Emily’s friendly demeanour masks a robust advocate who will really fight for her clients" Legal 500 UK Bar 2018 London


"Her advocacy is calm, persuasive and hits home with judges." Legal 500 UK Bar 2018 South Eastern


‘She is direct, approachable, sensible and a safe pair of hands.’ Legal 500 UK Bar 2017



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