Emma Gill > Vardags > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Divorce and family law


Emma Gill is a Director and Head of Vardags’ Manchester office. She specialises in complex matrimonial finance cases, frequently dealing with issues arising from share valuations, option schemes, trusts, foreign properties and pension funds. Emma also acts in financial claims for unmarried partners and is experienced in children matters, often advising on child contact arrangements and relocation within the UK and overseas. Emma’s tough, pragmatic, but sensitive approach has earned her regular recommendations in legal directories since 2009. Legal 500 has previously described her as ‘tenacious in her dealings with tricky legal issues and helpfully no-nonsense in her approach’ and named Emma’s office ‘one to watch in Manchester’.

Accustomed to high-profile cases, Emma’s clients include CEOs of multi-million pound companies, footballers and their spouses, entrepreneurs and business owners. Emma’s clients mainly hail from Northern cities and their environs, but she also has a healthy London practice.


After qualifying in 2005, Emma achieved the position of associate partner then equity partner in a national law firm in under eight years. After three years as equity partner, Emma joined Vardags as a Director and Head of the Manchester office in June 2016.

Emma appears regularly on BBC Breakfast, the Victoria Derbyshire Show, Radio 5 Live and local BBC radio stations throughout the country. Her written commentary on family law, the northern power house, and autism has featured in The Times, The Guardian, Family Law, Prima, and other business press. She has featured in articles for the Manchester Evening News who described her as ‘Manchester’s celebrity divorce lawyer’.


Manchester Law Society


The University of Manchester (2001 LLB); College of Law, Chester.


Emma resides in Lancashire.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Family

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Emma GillVardags

Vardags often represents high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families in complex divorce work and children cases. Head of the Manchester office Emma Gill made senior director in June 2021 and is a well-regarded matrimonial lawyer, specialising in divorce and matrimonial finance. The practice scope extends to financial forensics, with Katharine Anderson in charge. The team grew in June 2021 with three new promoted associates: Kate Taylor, Reece Johnson, and Natalie Bruce. Lucy Williams, a specialist in private children issues, made director in January 2022. Vicki McLynn  departed in December 2021.