Emma Taylor
Emma Taylor - Associate - Family Law: Children & Child Care

Emma Taylor

Partner
Head of Family

T: 01273 956283
E: emma@goodlawsolicitors.co.uk

Emma is a Partner at GoodLaw Solicitors having previously qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive. Emma obtained her Law Degree from the University of Kent in 2006 and has worked in family law since 2007.

Emma has practised in Brighton & Hove for over fifteen years and has strong local knowledge and connections amongst fellow professionals, services and groups. Emma heads up the Family Department at GoodLaw Solicitors LLP and specialises in cases involving children, including contact and residence disputes, relocation cases and matters involving social services.

In care proceedings, Emma represents parents, grandparents and joined parties. Emma is an experienced specialist in cases concerning complex medical evidence relating to Non-Accidental Injuries, fractures, genetic abnormalities and sexual abuse cases where there are virological issues. With a thriving practice, Emma has acted on a number of recently reported cases.

Within the private law side practice, Emma has specific expertise in cases involving international/jurisdictional aspects including Hague and Non-Hague abduction cases, child welfare or safeguarding issues and also those where clients have specific learning needs or there are Court of Protection issues.

Emma is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in private law children and TOLATA cases (Trust of Land) where there are property disputes between unmarried couples and frequently deal with complicated disputes on separation involving multiple properties and assets.

In addition to this, Emma is a Family Law Mediator having undertaken her training with Resolution in 2021.

Emma’s objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients, to minimise conflict, to be transparent and run her cases with a focus on the best interests of any relevant children.

Emma is a member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children, a committee member for the Sussex Family Justice Board and a contributor to and member of thefamilylawpanel.org Emma has contributed to a book published by Only Mums & Dads called 101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children, which can be found here: https://www.onlymums.org/information/101-questions-answered-about-separating-with-children

In her personal life, Emma is an avid lover of the outdoors, camping holidays with her son and dogs, and keeps active as netball team captain. Emma is also Safeguarding Link School Trust Governor applying her specialist understanding of safeguarding, welfare and child protection issues.

Notable cases

WSCC v. MM, FM & GSM and BQM [2023] EWFC 88 & WSCC v. MM, FM, GSM and BQM & PGM [2023] EWFC 28

Emma was instructed in complex Non-Accidental Injury care proceedings concerning two children. There was extremely complex medical evidence throughout the case. Ultimately, no findings were made against Emma’s client and the children were rehabilitated to the care of the family.

WSCC v K [2022] EWFC 170

Emma was instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of the Respondent Mother in care proceedings where complex issues arose about what orders should be made and which legal tests were met due to the sad circumstances of the case.

F v M [2022] EWFC 74

Emma was instructed in an appeal within private law children proceedings and was successful in appealing the decision of a Deputy District judge to exclude evidence in respect of non-sexual touching in public from the scope of a fact-finding hearing that the court had deemed necessary in respect of allegations of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour. The case built on the recent case of Re HN and JK as to the approach to be adopted in cases before the Family Court in which allegations of domestic abuse and coercive control were made.

Re X [2022]

Emma was instructed within a long-running care case by a mother where findings were made by the court of sexual abuse perpetrated by a family member against a child. The case involved significant, complex and conflicting medical evidence at Fact Finding stage whereby the court criticised one of the experts for their approach. In addition, pursuant to a further allegation by the child post the first fact-finding, a second fact-finding was necessary. Subsequent appeal applications were submitted and the matter concluded with a Supervision Order and Child Arrangements Order. This case is pending publication.

B v. D [2018] Emma was instructed in a multiple property Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustee case where there was a dispute between the cohabitees following their separation. The case was litigated but a settlement was ultimately achieved at mediation saving significant litigation stress, time and costs for the client.

Re W [2017] Emma was instructed in a case by grandparents who wished to obtain a child arrangements order in respect of their granddaughter following her mother’s death and the father’s unilateral removal of the child from the grandparents’ care. Emma sought an urgent return of the children and was successful in the parties’ application for a “lives with” order granting her clients, the grandparents, parental responsibility for the child.

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“GoodLaw Solicitors dealt with my case with knowledge in the key areas I needed. I felt reassured and safe in their hands due to their commitment to my case and the information that was provided. I will definitely use them if any other matter arose”

MB
“Dear Emma and Katherine, 
 
Thank you so so much for all your support and professional guidance at a very stressful time for me. I am thrilled with the outcome which was the best possible outcome for the children. I will whole heartedly recommend you in the future! Many thanks.”

“Wow Emma. What a journey you’ve guided me on. I really don’t know how to thank you. What an amazing start to the New Year you’ve given me.”

BM
Thank you GoodLaw and Emma, in particular, in handling my case in such a proactive and professional manner

“I would like to personally thank you both for everything you have done over the past few months helping me resolve this very important situation with my son for me. It has been a roller-coaster ride but we got there in the end! I wish you both all the best in the future.”

VR
I am so pleased I chose to use Emma at GoodLaw to help with my divorce proceedings. I could not have asked for a more efficient or friendly lawyer. She made a stressful experience easier to get through and I would warmly recommend her to anyone.”

‘Emma, I want to sincerely thank you for defending my case with efficiency and for your continuous support, despite the circumstances.

Without you, the outcome would have been very different and a terrible prospect for the children and me. We won’t forget. We are now able to move on and the children are smiling again.’

Just wanted to say thank you for your support with the divorce. You always explained everything so clearly which made such a difference.”
BD

“Goodlaw Solicitors provided everything I required in regards to complex legal assistance. They went about their business in a very professional and concise manner. First class approach.”

JB

“Thank you so much Emma . You made my life so much easier. When people are getting divorce it can be so stressful and unfriendly and you helped me so much.”

RC

“Amazing family law service

“I was referred to Goodlaw and Emma Taylor by a friend for help with a difficult family law case. I was at the lowest ebb of my life and couldn’t see a way out. The service I received was outstanding, on every level. Emma went above and beyond for me and was so clearly invested my case and for getting the right result. I am eternally grateful to Emma and Katherine and can’t thank them enough. I don’t know where I’d be right now without them. Absolutely amazing service and fully recommended.”

Freddy

“I would like to say that Emma was brilliant throughout my case. From the moment I first spoke to her I knew she was the person I needed. I had tried others before her, and there was no competition. She is superb”.

MM

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