“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 West’s 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 “Manchester’s 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 read Law at the University of Manchester before qualifying as a solicitor.
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. Emma’s 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.
We offer a free consultation to suitable clients, typically those where the family's net assets are in excess of £1m or the combined income is in excess of £150,000
Vardags is one of the UK’s top divorce law firms. We specialise in complex, high net worth and international cases. Our President Ayesha Vardag has been widely described as “Britain’s Top Divorce Lawyer” and the “Diva of Divorce”.
Our divorce solicitors have been involved in some of the highest profile cases of recent years at all levels up to the Supreme Court. Most of our cases are managed discreetly and are kept out of the media, but we are adept at managing the press if necessary.
Our top divorce lawyers have acted for or against financiers, entrepreneurs, footballers, celebrities, members of royal families, and the aristocracy. We fight hard where necessary but negotiate to get the best result whenever possible.