EMG Solicitors > Durham, England > Firm Profile

EMG Solicitors
Abbey House
Abbeywoods Business Park

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

EMG Solicitors’s ‘top of the league’ private client boutique continues to expand, currently operating from offices across the North East and Cumbria servicing clients regionally, nationally and abroad. Durham-based founders Emma Gaudern and Jemma Morland are handling the deputyship and court of protection side of the practice and jointly head the team together with Newcastle-based Samantha Edward who leads the wills, trusts and probate work, ranging from high value estate and inheritance tax planning to complex wills and trust matters. The team, praised by clients as ‘person-centred, unique and approachable’ fields a strong suit of specialists including dual-qualified solicitor and accountant Claire French, senior associate Stephanie Rodgers, experienced in capacity matters, and associate Gregory Philips.

Practice head(s):

Jemma Morland; Samantha Edward; Emma Gaudern


‘EMG demonstrably put the client at the centre of everything they do. Directors are always quick to acknowledge emails and technology has enabled them to support clients during Covid and beyond.’

‘Sam Edward is a stand out member of the team and conducts herself personally and professionally. I consistently refer my private clients to them as I know that they will get an efficient service. Sam is also excellent at dealing with clients who are bereaved, and I have witnessed first-hand her sensitive handling of such situations.’

‘The Deputyship team at EMG are a standout team. Superb understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury. The team are often asked to be professional litigation friends. Great client handling skills. This firm is one to watch. It is really going places.’

‘Emma Gaudern – no better Deputy in the UK. Knows her subject backwards. Stands her ground and fights her client’s corner. Jemma Morland – rising star. Always available and ever approachable.’

‘I work very closely with partners Emma Gaudern and Jemma Morland who both very driven to provide excellent service and professional advice. This can be somewhat challenging with the type of clients that we deal with, but they always show great awareness of the situation and sympathy for the situation.’

‘Emma Gaudern and Jemma Morland have enormous experience. I trust their judgment and commercial acumen. I think they work hard for their clients. Rachael Stabler, Greg Phillips and Michael Costello all rate a mention.’

‘The team has good technical knowledge and work in a professional manner.’

‘Sam Edward has a professional yet approachable manner when working with clients. I have confidence in referring my clients to her.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Following Ursula Collie’s retirement in July 2022, senior associate Matthew Sigsworth continues to lead Durham-based EMG Solicitors’ private client contentious trusts and probate offering working alongside experienced litigation solicitor Joanne Blackwood who joined in July 2022 from Southern Stewart & Walker. The team is well placed to handle more disputes over wills, including capacity and undue influence matters, Inheritance Act claims, as well as applications to challenge or remove executors and complex trust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Sigsworth

Other key lawyers:


‘EMG have a focus on achieving settlement of claims without the need for protracted court proceedings – combining legal knowledge with a practical approach.’

‘Matthew Sigsworth is very approachable and knowledgable.’

Private client > Family Tier 3

The experienced family team at EMG Solicitors handles all family matters, from financial disputes to children law matters in the form of mediation to litigation. Practice head Julia Middleton is described as having ‘vast experience but is very approachable and adept at putting her clients at ease.’ Senior associate Sue McArthur is a resolution accredited specialist and family mediator and is described as being ‘robust, thorough and achieves results.’ Gemma Holmes is experienced at dealing with divorce, separation, cases involving domestic violence and cohabitation cases. Kelsey Cant joined from PGS Law LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Julia Middleton

Other key lawyers:

Sue McArthur; Gemma Holden


‘The firm stands out regionally for their approach to their staff and clients. They are supportive of the growth of the next generation of lawyers, gives back to the community with various initiatives with a heavy focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.’

‘Gemma Holmes is a very experienced lawyer. She is calm, collected and very approachable. A level headed lawyer who considers all aspects of the case, focusing on resolving matters amicable and able to negotiate the best outcomes for her clients.’

‘EMG is a firm closely aligned to our own as they demonstrably put the client at the centre of everything they do. As legal advisers they are approachable and knowledgable. The firm embraces diversity and this is what makes their team so unique in the legal world in my opinion.’

‘Very experienced, client focused, and value for money.’

‘I felt it was very bespoke to my needs. That never issue to call and not judge at all. I was given fair advice and I felt the team always put my best interests first. They advise me long term about the choices I was making now and how I can have balance and more happy life. I was able to my true self and involved my family but I always made the final decisions but I was accompanied with having my family there if needed. Use of google drives, online forms and billing made everything simple – about work around my busy life and I felt all was safe in one place. I could deal urgent enquiries and share information fast using these systems. Use of remote working meant we could fit appointment in easier than face to face. But when face to face was needed I could have as and when. I felt protected and care for.’

‘Julia Middleton has been highest standard of professionalism. Julia has been every I could wish in someone handling my case. I never judge for what has been emotional time in my life. I feel no question was stupid question and the reality of situation was always given too me. The conversations and advice I have had with Julia will benefit myself and my children long term. I feel we have very define client and solicitor relationship and I feel her years of experience and advice on alternative ways we had to handle difficult situations have been excellent and protect me and my children’

‘I have always found the family team at EMG incredibly knowledge, welcoming and friendly. I personally feel that when solicitors have the ability to put people at ease and feel safe this is such an important part of the journey especially in family law which is often focused around events which can be traumatic such as divorce and child matters.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North

Director Gwen Jones leads EMG Solicitors‘ Durham-based commercial property practice, which advises individuals on planning permissions, lease restructurings and sale instructions.

EMG Solicitors is an award winning Legal 500 firm based across the North of England, with a national client base, specialising in Court of Protection, Deputyships, Family Law, Residential Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Litigation & Disputes, Employment Law and Wills, Trusts & Probate services. EMG Solicitors is a modern law firm who provide the legal support that our clients require in order to achieve anything from their basic needs to their wildest dreams, and everything in between!

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Director Emma Gaudern 0191 500 6989
Head of Business Development Claire Hewitt 0191 500 6989