Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and practised in Buckinghamshire before joining Guillaumes in January 2021. She has over 25 years’ experience of advising clients on a broad range of family law issues, including divorce and the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements and injunctions. She also advises on disputes between parents over the residence and contact arrangements for children, including applications by one parent for permission to relocate abroad.
Emma’s particular areas of expertise are in complex financial arrangements and enforcement proceedings. Throughout her career Emma has acted for a number of business people and entrepreneurs with assets in the UK and abroad and her cases have involved trusts, family businesses, inherited wealth, international aspects and the tracing of assets.
Emma is committed to delivering a high standard of service and seeks to resolve family disputes in a constructive, efficient and cost-effective manner. However, she feels it is important to have a kindly approach in her dealings with clients.
Emma is a member of the national family law group Resolution and since January 2000 has been a Resolution Accredited Family Lawyer with particular specialisms in Advance Financial Provision and Emergency Procedures in financial proceedings.
Examples of recent cases include:
- Resolving finances on divorce where there were discretionary trusts
- Negotiating an order for interim maintenance payments at the commencement of divorce proceedings
- Successfully protecting the interest of a parent who had made a financial contribution to his adult daughter’s property in her divorce proceedings
- Resolving financial proceedings issued in the English courts when there had been previous divorce and financial proceedings outside the UK
- Obtaining a Pension Sharing Order for a UK pension scheme after a foreign divorce
- Successfully applying to enforce a financial order and obtaining a warrant of possession for the former family home
- Applying for the appointment of a Litigation Friend where a husband lacked the mental capacity to provide instructions in financial proceedings
- Successfully defending an appeal against a final financial order
- Drafting Cohabitation Agreements
- Obtaining a declaration of ownership of a property solely owned by one partner of an unmarried couple
- Injunction proceedings for non molestation and occupation orders requiring one party to leave the family home
- Negotiating and drafting of a prenuptial agreement which included assets held abroad