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Stewarts Law LLP, Emma Hatley, London, ENGLAND

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Emma Hatley

Work 020 7822 8000
Stewarts Law LLP

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Divorce and Family


Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Emma has a reputation as the best technical lawyer of her generation. Emma is described in a leading legal directory as “dynamic and charismatic” and “exceptionally good and very clever, and she always gets to the point”.

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.

Citywealth Leaders List commends Emma as “one of the best family lawyers in the London market” and says she “knocks spots off the rest with her brilliance”. Emma is praised for being “universally respected by the profession and she draws clients in like a magnet because of her huge talent, her engaging personality and her impeccable reputation”.

Emma has been presented with a Lawyer of the Year Award by Spear’s Wealth Management.

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].


Trained Withers LLP; qualified 1996 and became member of family team; partner 2003; joined Stewarts Law May 2009 as partner. Contributor to Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Financial Provision in Family Matters’; trained mediator 2014.


Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Resolution; Law Society; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; Creative Divorce


University of Cambridge (1993 MA Law); Guildford College of Law (1994 LPC distinction).

London: Private client


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Stephen Foster at Stewarts Law LLP is an ‘excellent team leader who has pulled together a fabulous team that continues to go from strength to strength’. Foster’s clients are figures from the City and entrepreneurs and many of his cases have an international dimension. Emma Hatley  is described as being ‘in a league of her own. She is a tenacious litigator- calm and measured as well as a real fighter with grit if necessary. She is destined for the top’. Matthew Humphries is an ‘excellent all-round lawyer with a great brain’. Also recommended are Debbie Chism (brings a vast store of experience to all her clients and is completely unflappable’), Richard Hogwood (‘frighteningly efficient’)  and Sam LongworthToby Atkinson  ‘strives to achieve a peaceful resolution if there is one to be found whilst preparing to fight if required. His advice is thoughtful and measured and his judgement is sound’. Helen Ward  is ‘superb in every way’. Other key members of the eight-partner practice include newly promoted partner Carly Kinch.

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