Emma Willing > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Family law


Emma is a partner in the family team with over 15 years of experience. She offers a depth and breadth of expertise in all aspects of family law and has developed particular capabilities in the resolution of complex and high value financial issues on divorce, private children law matters, cohabitation disputes and the drafting of marital and cohabitation agreements. Her extensive international experience sees her draw regularly on her network of international contacts across her caseload. She works for clients from a wide range of backgrounds including entrepreneurs, family business owners, city professionals, celebrities and the independently wealthy.

Emma also has extensive expertise in advising in respect to modern family building whether through surrogacy, assisted reproduction, donor conception, co-parenting and adoption (both domestic and international). She has worked on numerous complex surrogacy cases involving overseas jurisdictions and for clients with international connections.

As a qualified mediator, she can also assist clients in seeking to resolve issues outside the context of court proceedings. Emma frequently contributes to the legal press and is a member of Resolution.


Trained: Penningtons Manches Cooper 2005 – 2007, Camilla Baldwin 2007 – 2009, Mishcon de Reya 2009 – 2022, partner 2021, Penningtons Manches Cooper 2022 to date, partner




College of Law: Legal Practice Course 2004 – 2005

University of Exeter: LLB Law 2000 – 2003

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

(Next Generation Partners)

Emma WillingPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

With a ‘strong local and international reputation’ and offering a multi-disciplinary practice to clients which include high-net-worth individuals and parents, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is well versed in international work relating to the Children Act 1989 and surrogacy law. The ‘incredibly talented’ Guildford-based team offers a ‘unique and exceptional service’ and is led by the ‘experienced, conscientious and pragmatic’ Veronica Gilmour, who leads the firm’s alternative dispute resolution offering as a mediator and represents clients in complex divorce and separation matters and private law children’s disputes. Rachel Donald is an ‘excellent lawyer’ and prominent in matters relating to nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Laura Naser offers experience in handling nuptial agreement advice, Children Act cases, domestic abuse issues, financial claims and property ownership disputes between cohabitees. Previously at Mishcon de Reya LLP, Emma Willing is a ‘superb new addition to the team’ who has extensive international experience assisting entrepreneurs, family business owners, professionals and celebrities with financial issues relating to divorce, private children law matters, cohabitation disputes and modern family building including surrogacy and adoption. Surrogacy law expert Bethan Carr is another key lawyer.