Emma is a specialist family practitioner with over 18 years of experience as a solicitor advocate in both private practice and Local Authority roles.
Emma is a committed, confident and experienced advocate who obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2017 and was called to the bar in March 2019.
In private practice Emma’s sole focus was on children matters, both public law and complex private law with a case load that included factious illness, sexual abuse allegations and physical abuse.
She takes pride in establishing and maintaining positive, constructive working relationships with client and professionals.
Emma has been a senior advocate with the local authority for the last five years, experiencing advocacy at all levels, from Lay Justices to High Court. In private practice Emma was a Law Society Children Panel member with a case load that included matters involving factious illness, sexual abuse allegations and physical abuse.
In both roles Emma regularly provided representation in trials, fact find hearings, ICO & EPO hearings, contested removals, contested adoptions, settlement conferences and appeal hearings.
Additional to her advocacy skills, Emma has extensive experience of drafting case management documentation and Orders, case summaries, skeleton arguments, schedule of findings in non-accidental injury cases, threshold and the provision of written advice to clients.
Significant cases include:
Representing a father over a 3 day fact find in which he was completely exonerated from having caused any of the harm alleged against him by mother and the Local Authority.
Representation of a father who’s children had been abducted from the UK to the Dominican republic by their mother during Care proceedings.
Conducting case for the Local Authority with unrepresented father who engaged only with the Judge and made numerous applications including to the High Court and Court of Appeal with large volumes of paperwork. Supporting clients around management of his behaviour and attitude to professionals and working with the Court to ‘unpick’ the nature and intention of father’s applications.
Conducting case for the Local Authority with 5 subject children ranging from 3 to 16. Conducting both on notice and emergency hearings to ensure the children’s safety following them being found in the community unaccompanied. Supporting clients with the multiple care plans and varied approach necessary to account for the wide age range and proposed outcomes. Working closely with all parties to address the older child frequently going missing and seeking to undermine her sibling’s contact and placement.
Conducting case for the Local Authority both pre birth and upon baby being born when mother was under Mental Health section with serious mental illness. Working closely with clients, medical professionals and the Court around the time of birth to ensure that baby was safe, mother’s own needs were accounted for and that as the Court process continued, that it was conducted in an inclusive way to ensure that mother, whilst represented by the official solicitor was able to partake to the best of her ability.
With 13 years of working in private practice, latterly as a partner in a well-respected Worcestershire firm, Emma has experience of helping all manner of clients with the full range of family law issues.
Emma was a Law Society Children panel member and Resolution accredited specialist in private law and domestic violence (now lapsed).
Significant cases include:
Representing a father to achieve contact with his autistic son following separation. The case was made complex by reason of this young man having autism which required a clear understanding of how that would impact on the contact that took place, the pace and progress of the same and the nature of his condition.
Representing a mother over a 4 year period in a case where paternal grandparents had made a contact application following their son being accused of sexual abuse of his daughter. Dealing with the case throughout the parallel criminal proceedings and civil fact find in which mother was found to have coached the child. Working closely with mother and her wider family to manage her expectations of what this meant for her case, and how the findings changed the focus of the case and the court’s perception of her position. Multiple experts required.
Successfully defending applications in which absent parents would seek to prevent the parent with care of the children from moving house or area and /or taking the children abroad.Contact Us