Prior to calling to the Scottish Bar in 2021, Emily was a barrister in England and Wales, called in 2009. She comes to the Scottish Bar with 11 years of experience in court advocacy, having specialised in family law for the last seven years.
Emily enjoyed a busy practice in England and Wales, instructed in all aspects of family law. She has been instructed in actions for financial provision following the breakdown of relationships, representing high net worth clients, dealing with complex business structures and unusual asset portfolios. She has dealt with applications for emergency orders to protect assets and with cases involving financial misconduct. She comes to the Scottish Bar with a wealth of experience in negotiating settlements in financial provision cases.
Within private child law, Emily has regularly dealt with sensitive and complex issues surrounding parental alienation, changes of residence, relocation, removal from the jurisdiction, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic abuse.
In public law, Emily was instructed in cases involving domestic abuse, sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries to children. She has represented local authorities, parents, and children in all levels of court. She has experience representing parents who lack capacity through the Official Solicitor. She has experience in dealing with complex medical evidence and expert opinion and in cross-examining a wide range of experts. She was instructed in cases involving international jurisdictional issues and applications to deprive children of their liberty.
Emily has a keen interest in human rights law and cases involving arguments on convention rights. Prior to specialising in family law, she was practised in other areas including employment law, personal injury, crime and cases in the Court of Protection (where decisions are made for persons who lack capacity).
Since moving to Scotland, Emily has spent time shadowing with Rachel Shewan, Isabella Ennis, Alison Wild, Lynda Brabender QC, Janys Scott QC and Lady Wise to gain experience and insight into Scottish family law proceedings.
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