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.
WSCC v. MM, FM & GSM and BQM  EWFC 88 & WSCC v. MM, FM, GSM and BQM & PGM  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  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  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 
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  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  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.