Emily, called in 2003, has a reputation for keen attention to detail and a practical approach. Her family work covers complex child protection cases; for local authority, parents or children via their guardians. She has been instructed in cases involving radicalisation, sexual abuse, non accidental or inflicted injury, mental health issues, violence, drug and alcohol misuse and foreign elements, in county court and High Court. She advises on Human Rights Act applications arising from family proceedings, and alleged deprivation of liberty, special guardianship, placement or relocation of children overseas, foreign adoptions, judicial review of local authority decisions and forced marriages. Local Authority instructions:
In 2019, Emily represented a London Local Authority in a High Court radicalisation case. The parents were sentenced to custody for terrorism offences at Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey). Three other families were involved in linked cases running concurrently.
Emily was instructed to lead Elizabeth Stevens her former pupil, in a complex case involving findings of inflicted injuries (rib fractures), which required cross examination of several medical experts on the issue of furosemide weakening of bones. The father was represented by a pre eminent silk.
Emily represented the Local Authority in care proceedings involving 7 children, including a 13 and 16 year old whose wish was to return home to their mother, and had separate representation as a result, three fathers, and a grandfather representing himself: seven parties in total. Care order and Placement Order applications were successful and s.26 contact orders were successfully resisted.
Emily regularly represents children through their Guardians, recently conducting a 12 day final hearing for a Guardian involving analysis of toxic trio MH, DV and drug and alcohol use and whether further assessments of mother and her partner were required. Recently she was instructed in private proceedings involving parental alienation of the most severe kind observed by the experts involved.
She is experienced at dealing with sensitive cases, and has appeared as amicus curiae to the court, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in order to cross examine a child alleging sexual abuse against an unrepresented family member.
She has represented parents accused of inflicting injuries on their children, or with learning difficulties/disabilities and those who lack capacity, as well as those with addictions or an international connection.
Recently Emily was instructed to lead John Schmitt representing a father (proceedings ongoing) accused of inflicting injuries on his daughter, and raping her mother. Two leading silks represented two other parties. She also represented a father with learning difficulties whose first child was going to be placed for adoption. Also she represented a father, with a background of addiction, seeking the return of his baby to his care.
She deals with cases involving residence or contact disputes to a high level, including parental alienation and complex intractable cases. She recently succeeded in having children returned to their father in Pakistan under a private order from the High Court, following allegations of abduction by their Mother to the UK.
Emily also practises criminal law to a high level, specialising in sexual offences and cases involving children. This practise lends support to her family work given the frequent overlap in issues between the jurisdictions.
Notable Family Law cases
Re N (2021)
representing Father at lengthy fact finding, leading John Schmitt; allegations of injuring his child and raping her mother.
Re W (2019)
8 day final hearing for LA successfully arguing against delaying Placement Orders and s 26 Contact orders.
Re H (2019)
12 day final hearing for Guardian involving analysis of toxic trio MH, DV and drug and alcohol use and whether further assessments of mother and her partner were required
Re O (2019)
instructed for LA in High Court radicalisation case. The parents were sentenced to custody for terrorism offences at Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey). Three other families were involved in linked cases running concurrently.
Re G (2018-2019)
instructed to lead Elizabeth Stevens her former pupil, in a complex case involving findings of inflicted injuries (rib fractures), which required cross examination of several medical experts on the issue of furosemide weakening of bones. The father was represented by an eminent silk.
Re S (2019)
final hearing for Guardian regarding a child who had previously been moved from mother to father due to findings of parental alienation, which were subsequently reversed and child was returned to mother’s care.
Re R (2019)
representing Guardian in private proceedings involving parental alienation of the most severe kind observed by the experts involved.
Re S (2019)
represented the LA in a 7 day final hearing involving contested HST results.
Re M (2019)
Oxford CC case involving a severely disabled child where threshold, care order (versus EHCP/ long term s 20) and residential versus foster care plan in dispute.
Re S (2019)
representing a father accused of inflicting injuries on his baby, where the parents applied for the case management judge to recuse himself due to bias.
Re H (2016)
Representing a father in rehabilitation for an addiction, and seeking return of his baby to his care.
Re M (2016)
Successfully represented a London Borough in a complex case involving three concurrent proceedings arising from the 15 year old mother and two of her children.
Re W (2016)
Successfully represented a London Borough in care proceedings involving 3 children, including a 16 year old whose wish was to return home to her mother, was absconding placement and had separate representation as a result.
Re C (2016)
Emily represented a father with learning difficulties whose first child was being placed for adoption after failing assessment at St Michael’s Fellowship, and investigated an alternative support couple that came forward at the 11th hour.
Representing the father in care proceedings. Mother found to have fabricated allegations against father of rape and serious violent assault whilst pregnant and baby placed in father’s care.
Representing Congolese Father in contested adoption final hearing in case of child with developmental delay.
Instructed by Tsol for Cafcass on disclosure hearing.
Nottingham County Council v R & H (2008)
Instructed by Tsol to cross-examine a child alleging sexual abuse.
X v Met Police (2008)
Successfully defended appeal by way of case stated in the High Court regarding a SOPO.