Psychology with Performance Art (2:1 with Honours) University of Gloucestershire

Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) Manchester Metropolitan University

Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) Manchester Metropolitan University

Special interests


Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Prior to calling to the Scottish Bar in 2021, Emily was a barrister in England and Wales, having been called to the Bar in 2009.  She specialised in family law.


Emily enjoyed a busy practice in England, instructed in cases involving financial provision on divorce and child law. She has dealt with sensitive and complex issues surrounding changes of residence, relocation, removal from the jurisdiction, parental alienation, and domestic abuse.  In public law, Emily was instructed in cases involving domestic and sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries to children. She was instructed in cases involving international jurisdictional issues and applications to deprive children of their liberty (DOLS).


She is interested in human rights law and cases involving arguments on convention rights. Prior to specialising in family law, she had experience in employment law, personal injury, crime and cases in the Court of Protection.


She has spent time work shadowing with Rachel Shewan, Isabella Ennis, Alison Wild, Lynda Brabender QC, Janys Scott QC and Lady Wise to gain experience and insight into Scottish family law proceedings.