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Emma Gill

Regional Managing Partner - Head of Manchester

Quite simply the best matrimonial lawyer in the North (Legal 500), Regional Managing Partner Emma Gill is one of the few family lawyers outside London to be listed in the prestigious Spears 500 index as one of the North Wests leading lights, as well as having made the highly coveted shortlist for Partner of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards in 2022. Widely reputed as a value adding powerhouse, Emma specialises in high-profile, high stakes divorce and matrimonial finance matters, with an UHNW clientele formed of CEOs, footballers, entrepreneurs, and notable professionals in various fields. Loved by clients and counsel for her encyclopaedic knowledge of family law mixed with drive, dedication and commerciality, spouses are often racing each other to instruct her first (Spears 500).

Emma is also a frequent commentator in the press, where she is known as  Manchesters top divorce lawyer (I Love Manchester), appearing frequently on BBC Breakfast, the Victoria Derbyshire show, BBC Radio 5Live, in addition to regional BBC radio programmes in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Wales. Her comments are likewise sought after in print, having been featured in The Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Telegraph, amongst others.

Emma also has an in-depth knowledge of issues facing the parents of disabled children and has recently learned Makaton and Sign-along sign language.

Emma Gill
Emma Gill is quite simply the best matrimonial lawyer in the North.
Legal 500


  • Emma has been recognised since 2009 in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
  • She is the go-to Manchester lawyer for television, radio and print press.
  • Lead the team to be short-listed for Family Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards in 2017.
  • Shortlisted for Partner of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards 2022.
  • Spears 500 Top Recommended Family Lawyers 2023.
  • Legal 500 Leading Individual.


Emma read Law at the University of Manchester before qualifying as a solicitor.

Press & publications

Emma is very experienced in handling the press. As an industry leader, she is often called upon to give expert commentary on television, radio and in the national press. Most recently she has appeared on BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire and provided comment featured in The Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times. She has also consulted on family law issues for a BBC One drama.

She speaks on a wide range of issues including divorce reform, financial issues on separation, the northern powerhouse and autism.


Emma knew from her first family law lecture that this was her future field of practice. She set herself two goals following her graduation, to be listed in the leading legal directories before she was 30 and to be an equity partner by age 35. She achieved both. Emma is now a leader in family law.

Ferociously bright (Legal 500), Emma is the Head of the Manchester team at Vardags. She specialises in divorce and matrimonial finance and has acted for the good, the bad, the rich and famous. Emmas clients include lawyers, accountants, CEOs of multi-million pound companies, footballers and their spouses, entrepreneurs and business owners. Her cases are complex, dealing with issues around share valuations, option schemes, trusts, foreign properties and pension funds.

Emma also acts in financial claims for unmarried partners.

Emma has considerable expertise in children cases, frequently advising on child contact and residence arrangements and relocation of children within the UK and overseas.

Emma is highly sought after, with clients recommending her to others for her intelligent, practical yet sensitive approach. She has a broad geographical practice with clients based in the North West and North East of England but also the Midlands, Shropshire, Wales and London.


Emma truly has Northern soul, having been raised in the suburbs of Salford and then reading law at the University of Manchester. Emma trained for her post graduate qualifications at the College of Law in Chester (as it was). She lives with her husband and daughter in Lancashire and can be found enjoying the great outdoors.


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Emma Gill
Emma Gill is quite simply the best matrimonial lawyer in the North.
Legal 500

Manchesters top divorce lawyer

I Love Manchester

The incredibly hardworking Emma Gill has been doing some great work and is completely devoted to her clients

Legal 500

What can I say except I am entirely grateful for Emmas help, legal advice, personal words of wisdom, kindness you have shown me but to expedite it like this...? Wow! Youre the best.


Please send my deep gratitude to Emma for securing the child arrangements order. We were so pleased with the result.

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