Core Areas: Family
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Emily is the Head of the Family Department at Winckworth Sherwood. Recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 and one of the UK's top three divorce lawyers as recommended by the global specialist news website divorcesaloon.com, she is an expert in all aspects of family law with particular experience in complex international disputes and relationship breakdown involving foreign elements.
Emily aims to combine strategic and commercial expertise with sensitivity and compassion for her clients’ individual circumstances. She has the technical know-how and drive to achieve imaginative solutions whether restricting access to wealth or unlocking it. Having worked on the groundbreaking case of Radmacher v Granatino concerning a pre-nuptial contract, she is particularly interested in assisting couples to enter into agreements (prior to or during marriage/civil partnership/cohabitation) with a view to clarifying how their finances will be arranged in the event of relationship breakdown.
Emily has unique experience of litigating in the High Court with specific expertise in cases involving non-disclosure, companies and family trusts (on- and offshore). She also undertakes private children law work and strongly believes that - when possible - the care of children should be a shared endeavour.
If you or a member of your family have concerns about a legal issue relating to marriage, civil partnership, relationship breakdown and/or children, you should contact Emily at an early stage to discuss possible ways forward and to plan a strategy that will work best for you and your family.
Emily has worked on a number of high profile and reported cases including:
- Young v Young  EWHC 34 (Fam) (this resulted in the committal to prison of Scot Young for breach of an order for financial disclosure)
- F v F  EWHC 438 (Fam)
- B v R  1 FLR 563 (this involved a dispute in relation to a French order for maintenance)
- Radmacher v Granatino  2 FLR 1181 (concerning a German pre-nuptial agreement)
- N v R  2 FLR 342 (resisting an injunction sought to prevent the potential dissipation of assets prior to a financial claim)
Educated at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton, Emily qualified as a solicitor in 1996. She was trained at Manches in London and worked in their London and Oxford office for many years post-qualification. She speaks fluent German, has lectured at the Free University in Berlin and at the University of Potsdam. She regularly gives seminars on the English common law system to the Berlin judiciary. She is divorced with three children.
2012 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
2008 to 2012, Vardags
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