Jennifer Emms > Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
15th Floor, Milton House
Milton Street

Work Department

Private Client, Charity and Philanthropy


Jennifer advises on a range of private wealth matters, including taxation, trusts, estate planning, Wills and disclosure and transparency regimes (such as CRS). She has a mixture of domestic and international clients, often with complex personal and business interests across multiple jurisdictions.

Jennifer has a keen interest in charities and philanthropy, which is a key part of her practice. She spent six months as an in-house legal adviser to a large, well-known children’s charity. Since then she has helped guide donors and trustees through a broad spectrum of matters, from establishing charities to reporting serious incidents, charity mergers, grant agreements, independence and governance issues, trustee disqualification proceedings and investment duties.  

Due to her background at Linklaters, Jennifer also has significant and unique experience in both the use of trusts and the participation of trustees in commercial transactions covering (but not limited to) securitisations, escrows and trustee purchases.

Jennifer has acted for individuals, professional trustees, companies, financial institutions and a number of different types of charity from trusts to royal charter companies.

She has been recognised by eprivateclient as one of their Top 35 under 35 on several occasions and, in 2019, was named as  a “Rising Star” in the charity field by Legal 500. The 2020 Legal 500 guide lists her as a key lawyer in the areas of personal tax, trusts and probate, and charities and not-for-profit.   She regularly contributes articles on taxation, charity and philanthropy to academic publications.


Jennifer trained and qualified at Linklaters in March 2010 before joining Maurice Turnor Gardner in 2015 where she was made partner elect in 2020.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (currently a member of the STEP City branch committee)
Philanthropy Impact
Charity Law Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Rising stars)

Jennifer EmmsMaurice Turnor Gardner LLP

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is particularly skilled in advising on matters that span philanthropy, charity and private wealth. A core component of the practice is advising on the creation of substantial charities, as well as on large and innovative grant agreements between charities and philanthropists. Much of the team’s work is complex with an international dimension and it has also noticed increased instructions from charities and charity trustees on safeguarding concerns. The team has also been busy providing advice to charities in the aftermath of internal allegations of bullying, discrimination and harassment. Ceris Gardner heads the well-respected team, which includes Emma-Jane Weider, Jennifer Chambers and Jennifer Emms.