Emma Willing, Legal Director, Family

Emma Willing


Personal Profile

Emma is a Partner in the Family department and has advised clients for over 14 years on all aspects of family law. Emma's expertise includes the resolution of complex financial issues on divorce (often involving international aspects), private children law matters, cohabitation disputes and the drafting of pre and post-marital agreements and cohabitation agreements. Emma has worked for a broad range of clients including a number of high profile clients. Emma is highly experienced, approachable and supportive and as such builds and maintains trusting relationships with clients. Emma is known for providing pragmatic, clear and strategic advice.

Emma was awarded Family Lawyer of the Year (Gold) at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016 and was a recommended lawyer in the Spear's 500 Family Law Index 2021.  Emma was listed as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500, 2021 and 2022.

  • The Legal 500 (2022):- 
    "Emma is considered and client focused. She has a lovely manner with clients and is fantastically well organised" "Emma is a really accomplished classy family lawyer who fights hard for her clients" and  "is calm, with a razor sharp intelligence"
  • Legal 500 (2021) "Emma impresses with her hard work and dedication to her cases. She has extraordinary tact and patience with clients."
  • Legal 500 (2019) "Emma has the case facts at her fingers and can immediately see the right solution."

Emma also has expertise in advising in respect to surrogacy and modern-family building and has worked on a number of complex surrogacy cases involving overseas jurisdictions.  The Legal 500 (2022), states that Emma is "Extremely knowledgeable when it comes to surrogacy law". Emma is an Ambassador of Fertility Network UK, the UK's leading charity supporting those suffering with fertility issues and was involved in hosting an event for the Law Commission in respect of its surrogacy reform consultation. As a family lawyer, Emma has witnessed the impact that fertility issues can have on relationships and has a network of contacts who can assist clients encountering such difficulties.

Emma frequently contributes to legal journals and the legal press and is a member of Resolution.

Key Experience

  • N v F [2011] EWHC 586 Fam
  • Acting for a client in anticipation of and following the birth of their second child as a result of an overseas surrogacy agreement. We obtained a Parental Order on an expedited basis, having worked closely with our Immigration team who had secured a discretionary stay, enabling the child to enter and reside in England pending registration as a British national and issue of a British passport.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Camilla Baldwin
Trainee, Penningtons LLP
College of Law, LPC
Exeter University, LLB (Hons) Law

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