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"Manchester's top divorce lawyer" Emma Gill is a director and the Head of the Manchester Office. 

Emma Gill, Director — Divorce & Family Law


"Manchester's top divorce lawyer" Emma Gill is a director and the Head of the Manchester Office. 

The “ferociously bright” (Legal 500) Emma Gill 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 wives, entrepreneurs and business owners. Her cases are frequently 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 also works on children cases, frequently advising on child contact and residence arrangements and relocation of children within the UK 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, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Shropshire and Merseyside although she also does London-based work.


Emma has been recognised since 2009 in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


Emma read Law at the University of Manchester.

Press & publications:

Emma is experienced in handling the press. As an industry leader, she is often called to give expert commentary on television, radio and in the national press. Most recently she has appeared a number of times on BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire and provided comment in the Times and the Sun. 


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 contract, 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 when 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 a national firm 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 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 in Lancashire with their baby daughter and aging Shih Tzu dog, Bobby. They can often be found walking together in the beautiful local countryside.

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