Praised in the legal directories for her “outstanding intellect, hard work and constructive approach”, Emma specialises in complex family cases for high net worth individuals, usually with an international dimension.
Emma has a breadth of experience in all areas of family breakdown but with particular focus on the associated financial issues. A significant number of her cases involve trusts, family businesses, inherited wealth and tracing assets.
Emma advises regularly in negotiating and drafting pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, both in a domestic and international context.
Emma has a leading practice in cases concerning the international relocation of children.
Legal 500 2019 has observed Emma’s “effervescent and client friendly” approach to managing cases. They describe her as “brilliant” and conclude that she is “currently advising in the biggest cases for the biggest clients, and deservedly so.”
Chambers High Net Worth 2019 has ranked Emma, praising her as a “standout superstar”, and adding that “she can cope with big-ticket fierce litigation”. Chambers has recognised her reputation, commenting, “Everybody would say that she’s extremely committed, she has a very good skill set and she’s developed a very good practice at Stewarts. She really puts the work in and manages her case very efficiently.”
Emma was top ranked as one of just six ‘Star Individuals’ in Chambers High Net Worth guide 2018. One peer comments of Emma, “She is fantastic, one of the top family lawyers around, she is very capable, has a lovely manner and gets on with all kinds of lawyers. She has good experience with complex finance trusts.”
Emma was crowned Family Lawyer of the Year 2017/2018 by Spear’s Wealth Management.
Citywealth Leaders List commends Emma as “one of the best family lawyers in the London market” and says she “knocks spots off the rest with her brilliance”. Emma is praised for being “universally respected by the profession and she draws clients in like a magnet because of her huge talent, her engaging personality and her impeccable reputation”.
Chambers 2019 says “Emma Hatley maintains a strong practice in financial issues arising from relationship dissolution, fielding particular knowledge in cases involving offshore trusts and corporate entities. According to interviewees, she is a “superb,no-nonsense and efficient” lawyer who “solves cases very quickly.”
Legal 500 2018 describes Emma “as being ‘in a league of her own. She is a tenacious litigator- calm and measured as well as a real fighter with grit if necessary. She is destined for the top’.”
Although Emma is proud of a proven track record for achieving a negotiated settlement in most cases, Emma has been pivotally involved in the reported cases of Sorrell  (on exceptional financial contribution), Charman  (concerning departure from equality and international trust issues), Moore  (on applications under Part III following an overseas divorce), the landmark relocation case Re C , ND v SD & Ors  concerning international trust case dealing with allegations of sham and Tigipko  (concerning international child abduction and reporting restrictions).
Emma read Law at Cambridge University. She joined Stewarts in May 2009 after 14 years at Withers.
Accreditations and Memberships
- International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Creative Divorce
- Qualified Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer
Emma has regularly commented on topical family law issues in the media, including appearances on BBC, ITN and Sky News and interviews on Radio 5 and Talkradio.
In February 2016, Emma was recommended in a Tatler magazine article featuring the top divorce lawyers in London.
"They have star performers, strength in depth and the support of first-class supporting departments. That's the mark of a top-tier firm"Chambers High Net Worth