Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and became a member of the Law Society’s specialist Children Panel in 2004. She joined Fisher Meredith in March 2010 as a senior member of the Children’s Law department and was promoted to Deputy Head of the department in January 2011. Emma was promoted to Partner in February 2012.
Emma has particular expertise representing parents and young people involved in care proceedings involving a wide range of issues including drug and alcohol misuse, violence, chronic neglect, mental health difficulties or mental incapacity and learning difficulties. She has significant experience representing teenage mothers and fathers who have been in care themselves or who are alleged to have caused serious injury to a child. She has also acted in a number of cases involving applications by the Local Authority for a young person to be placed in Secure Accommodation.
Emma has a particular interest in representing mothers with a diagnosis of bipolar who are facing the involvement of social services in their lives due to pregnancy.
Emma has been involved in a number of complex cases involving allegations of ‘child exorcism’ and child trafficking and also complex medical cases involving allegations of ‘baby shaking’, attempted murder and also factitious illness syndrome.
In addition to public law proceedings Emma acts for parents involved in private law children disputes and has particular experience representing parents where there have been serious allegations of sexual, physical and psychological abuse of children and partners. Emma has a particular interest in representing parents where there are risks of ‘parental alienation’ of children from their non resident parent.
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Emma has been a member of the Children Panel since 2004. She is part of the Inner London & City Family Proceedings Court duty advocacy scheme. She is a member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children. She speaks Spanish and French.
“I wanted to say thank you for all your help and you’re simply the best at what you do. I will never forget all the help you have given me.”
“A great big thank you for your help through this whole process. I am so glad I found you, at a time where I was quite desperate. I guess seeing my previous lawyers there today reminder me of what a disaster it could have potentially been if I hadn’t been this lucky with you.”
” I just wanted to say thank you for your advice, help and support through the Court proceedings for my son.”
“Thank you for all your support help and guidance over the last six months.”
“Emma, a BIG thank you for all your support, kindness, compassion and advice.”
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