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Emma Hargreaves specialises in general commercial chancery litigation, particularly trusts disputes (international and domestic), civil fraud, company and insolvency.   She also regularly advises and appears as specialist Chancery counsel in the context of matrimonial proceedings. 

Her notable cases include ND v SD [2017] EWHC 1507 (sham trusts and formalities on constitution of trusts); AF v MF [2016] EWFC 65 (treatment of offshore foundations in matrimonial proceedings and nuptial settlements); Trustee L v Attorney General [2016] Bda LR 35, 19 I.T.E.L.R. 770 (non-charitable purposes trusts, Beddoe applications and costs); Superior Composite Structures v Parrish [2015] EWHC 3688 (enforcement of foreign judgments); Re Fi Call Ltd [2014] EWHC 779 (cross unfair prejudice petitions and security for costs); and Constantin Medien v Ecclestone [2014] EWHC 387 (civil fraud).

She was selected as the 2016 Private Client Rising Star at the IBC Transcontinental Trust Conference 2016 and featured in Legal Week’s Stars at the Bar 2017, where she was listed as “highly recommended”.


Called 2012; admitted to the Bar of Bermuda (ad hoc, 2015)


German, French.


Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR.


Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, including a year at Regensbury University, Germany (MA Law, First Class); University College London (LLM in International Commercial Law, distinction); Kaplan Law School (BPTC, outstanding, ranked top in year).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Emma HargreavesSerle Court ‘Emma has an impressive attention to detail and seems to work all the time. She is able to research the most complex points in minute detail and form a holistic view incredibly quickly. She is also able to hold her own in the courtroom, even against significantly more senior opponents.’

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Emma HargreavesSerle Court ‘Emma is an absolute superstar. She is intellectually bright, confident beyond her years and able to hold her own in complex cases against leading counsel. Emma is wonderful with clients and a real team player.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Emma HargreavesSerle Court ‘Emma has no weaknesses. She will find the correct answer to the most difficult legal issues.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Emma Hargreaves  – Serle Court ‘Emma is truly outstanding in all areas. She is a brilliant advocate, incredibly bright, commercially astute, and very pragmatic.’