The “ferociously bright” (Legal 500) Emma is a Director and the Head of the Manchester Office, joining Vardags on 1 June 2016, 11 years to the day after the firm’s inception.
Emma specialises in divorce and matrimonial finance. She has acted for the good, the bad, the rich and famous. Her cases are frequently complex, dealing with issues around share valuations, option schemes, trusts, foreign properties and pension funds. Emma’s clients include lawyers, accountants, CEOs of multi-million pound companies, footballers & their wives, entrepreneurs and business owners. She also acts in financial claims for unmarried partners.
Emma also works on children cases, frequently advising on child contact and residence arrangements and relocation of children within the United Kingdom and overseas. She recently secured leave to remove a child to Australia, despite a shared care arrangement between the child’s parents.
Emma is highly sought after, with clients recommending her to others for her intelligent, practical yet sensitive approach. Her clients are usually based in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Shropshire and Merseyside although she also does London-based work.
Emma knew from her first family law lecture that this was her future field of practice. She set herself two goals in 1998, to be listed in the leading legal directories before she was 30 and to be an equity partner by age 35. She achieved both.
Having secured her training contact, the final step in qualifying as a solicitor, Emma found herself with a year out. Instead of travelling, she set about obtaining legal experience. Emma therefore sought out a position as a paralegal for a small firm specialising in mental health work and advocated on behalf of patients at mental health tribunals. She was only 22.
Emma then worked in a regional firm where child care work kept her occupied. Her superior was so impressed with her professionalism and grasp of complex legal issues that she sent Emma, alone with a professional client, to a three week High Court trial involving three QC’s and four junior Counsel.
Finally commencing her training contract with national firm Laytons in 2003, Emma qualified in 2005. Emma then began her meteoric rise through the ranks to achieve the position of Associate Partner and then Equity Partner all within a seven and a half year time frame. Emma was an Equity Partner for three years before joining Vardags.
Emma has been consistently listed in the leading directories, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners since 2009 who have reported that Emma is
“tenacious in her dealings with tricky legal issues”,
“positive, enthusiastic and technically adept”,
“incredibly hard working”,
“a tough negotiator” and
“superb – highly client focused, gives sound advice and has superb preparation”.
Emma’s clients have also commented:
“I just wanted to convey the most sincere thanks to you for all your help these past few months. I can’t imagine going through the divorce with out your help. You really have been amazing Emma, both there for me professionally and emotionally”.
“Thank you from the bottom of mine and my families heart. You have been both supportive and professional through the duration of my divorce. We now consider you part of our lives”.
“Importantly I wanted to thank you for your support over the past 12 months. It seems ages since my panic call. Thanks for your patience”
“Please send my deep gratitude to Emma for securing the child arrangements order. We were so pleased with the result”
“What can I say except I am entirely grateful for your help, legal advice, personal words of wisdom, kindness you have shown me but too expedite it like this…? Wow! You’re the best”
Emma truly has northern soul, having been raised in the suburbs of Salford and then reading law at the University of Manchester (1998 to 2001). Emma trained for her post graduate qualifications at the College of Law in Chester (as was).
She lives with her husband in Lancashire with their baby daughter and aging Shih Tzu dog, Bobby. They can often be found walking together in the beautiful local countryside.