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Portrait of Emma Willing
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Emma is a partner and a member of the firm’s private wealth group. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in September 2022 and previously spent over 12 years at Mishcon de Reya in London where she became a Partner in 2021.

With over 15 years of experience, she offers a depth and breadth of expertise in all aspects of family law, and has developed particular capabilities in the resolution of complex and high value financial issues on divorce, private children law matters, cohabitation disputes and the drafting of marital and cohabitation agreements. Her extensive international experience sees her draw regularly on her network of international contacts across her caseload. She works for clients from a wide range of backgrounds including entrepreneurs, family business owners, city professionals, celebrities and the independently wealthy.

The Legal 500 2022 lists Emma as a Next Generation Partner and notes that she “impresses with her hard work and dedication to her cases”, and that she has “extraordinary tact and patience with clients". It further states that "Emma is a really accomplished, classy family lawyer who fights hard for her clients" and "is calm, with a razor-sharp intelligence." She also features in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2022, in which one source described her as being "one of the most talented lawyers I know."

Emma also has extensive expertise in advising in respect to modern family building whether through surrogacy, assisted reproduction, donor conception, co-parenting and adoption (both domestic and international). She has worked on numerous complex surrogacy cases involving overseas jurisdictions and for clients with international connections and is an ambassador for Fertility Network UK, the UK's leading charity supporting those suffering with fertility issues.

As a qualified mediator, she can also assist clients in seeking to resolve issues outside the context of court proceedings. Emma frequently contributes to the legal press and is a member of Resolution.

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