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Emma Hatley

Stewarts - London

Emma Hatley - Stewarts
  • 5 New Street Square
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4A 3BF

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Practice Areas

Emma has a reputation as the best technical lawyer of her generation. 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. 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), and the landmark relocation case Re C [2015].

Professional Memberships

- International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Resolution - Creative Divorce


Emma read Law at Cambridge University. She joined Stewarts in May 2009 after 14 years at Withers.


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.