Expertise

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.

Recognition

Emma is top ranked as one of just six ‘Star Individuals’ in Chambers High Net Worth Guide and is praised as a “standout superstar” who “can cope with big-ticket fierce litigation”. Having been ranked for the past 17 years, Chambers says “Emma Hatley is regarded as being at the top of the profession. She is an academic lawyer with an eye for detail, and is popular with successful business people.” “She’s super bright and personable, and quickly finds a way to resolution.” “She is outstanding. She’s very constructive and looks for solutions.”

Legal 500 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.”

One peer comments of Emma in the Chambers guide, “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 by Spear’s Wealth Management, with the accolade “known for her discretion Emma is the essence of what HNW clients want and need in a family lawyer: ‘highly intelligent, industrious, fast, constructive… [with] no sitting on the fence or waffle.”

Citywealth Leaders List commended 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.”

Experience

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 [2005] (on exceptional financial contribution), Charman [2006] (concerning departure from equality and international trust issues), Moore [2007] (on applications under Part III following an overseas divorce), the landmark relocation case Re C [2015], ND v SD & Ors [2017] concerning international trust case dealing with allegations of sham and Tigipko [2019] (concerning international child abduction and reporting restrictions).

Career

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) – Vice President of the European Chapter
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Resolution
  • Creative Divorce
  • Qualified Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer

Publications

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.

Emma has been recommended in a Tatler magazine feature on top divorce lawyers in London and is included in the Tatler Address Book. Emma was legal advisor to the BBC divorce drama, The Split.