Emma Gill, Director — Divorce & Family Law
“Manchester’s celebrity divorce lawyer” (Manchester Evening News), Emma Gill is “Manchester’s top divorce lawyer” (I Love Manchester). She is “incredibly hardworking” and “devoted to her clients” (Legal 500).
She is known for her legal insight, dedication and tireless attitude to securing her clientele the very best possible outcome. She regularly acts for the best and brightest entrepreneurs, business men and women, professionals and sports personalities. Her clients come to her for her creative, practical, no nonsense advice.
Emma is also a regular broadcaster, 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 frequently sought after in print, having been featured in the Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, lifestyle and legal press.
Emma has an in-depth knowledge of issues facing the parents of disabled children and has recently learned Makaton and Sign-along sign language.
- 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.
Emma read Law at the University of Manchester and qualified as a solicitor in 2005.
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, Guardian and FT. 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 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. Emma is now a leader in family law.
“Ferociously bright” (Legal 500), Emma is the Head of the Manchester and Newcastle teams 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.
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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 it was). She lives with her husband and daughter in Lancashire and can be found enjoying the great outdoors.