Emily Ward

Deputy Head of the Family LawTeam

Call: 2011

E: clerks@broadwayhouse.co.uk

T: 0113 246 2600 or 01274 722 560

LL.B (Hons) University of Manchester (2010, First Class)
Bar Professional Training Course (2011)
Deputy District Judge (Civil & Private Children)
Deputy District Judge of the Financial Remedies Court

Scholarships & Awards:

Middle Temple, Godfrey Heilpern Scholarship (2010)
University of Manchester
RG Lawton Prize for Family Law (2010)
RG Lawton Prize for Consumer Law (2010)
RG Lawton Prize for Sale and Supply of Goods (2010)
RW Stead Junior Legal Scholarship (2008)
RG Lawton Prize for Tort (2008)
Harry Street Prize for Tort (2008)

Legal Aid Supplier Number 02CDG

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 Emily is a busy and established Family Law specialist, representing and advising clients in all areas of Family Law, including:

  • Matrimonial Finance
  • Financial provision for children and Schedule 1 applications
  • Nuptial agreements
  • Private children disputes, including in relation to contact, residence, education and temporary and permanent removal from the jurisdiction
  • Public law disputes, including care and placement order proceedings
  • Adoption
  • Matters involving Child Abduction, Wardship and Inherent Jurisdiction issues
  • Forced Marriage
  • Human Rights Act applications
  • Family Law Act 1996 applications
  • TOLATA applications

Matrimonial Finance

Emily is highly sought after in matrimonial finance cases and acts for clients from pre-issue through to final hearings and on appeal. She offers clear and sound advice and is often instructed pre-issue to advise on the best approach to take and matters of evidence. Her clients range from high earners with substantial capital, business assets and extensive pension provision, through to clients in difficult cases where needs exceed the available assets. Emily is experienced in advising in cases where the issues include pre-acquired wealth, inheritance, and complex business structures and family trusts. She is also regularly instructed in cases involving setting aside property transactions and applications pursuant to section 37. She adopts a clear and focussed approach, is quick to extract the key issues in the case and has an eye for detail.

Emily’s recent cases include:

  • Representation of an intervener in a complex case involving multiple lay and expert witnesses, multiple allegations of fraud, a section 37 application and competing claims as to the beneficial interest in matrimonial property.
  • Acting as Junior Counsel, led by Martin Wood, in a complex financial remedy application with significant assets, including extensive public service pensions.
  • Advising and representing a client in relation to an appeal, which required consideration of immigration law, deportation and jurisdictional issues.
  • Advising a client in relation to issues surrounding a substantial discretionary family trust, created after a significant lottery win (over £9m).
  • Acting for a client in proceedings whereby a pre-nuptial agreement was upheld after trial.
  • Representation of a husband in proceedings with significant company assets, including a limited company with a valuation of £5.9m.
  • Securing findings of undisclosed assets in China, and significant undisclosed foreign income, in financial remedy proceedings acting for the husband. Achieved over a 75% split of the ‘known assets’. Complex issues concerning jurisdiction and enforcement.
  • Advising and drafting pre-nuptial agreement in a high value case involving assets in the UK, Russia, and inherited assets in Germany, Austria and Iran.
  • Currently advising in two farming cases with assets of £2m.

Emily also accepts instructions in TOLATA claims and is able to bring to the table her knowledge and practice of Civil Law and the CPR.


In addition, Emily’s family practice encompasses all areas of Public and Private Children Law. In the private law arena Emily advises and represents clients in a wide range of applications. She is a favourite in cases involving intractable contact disputes, implacable hostility and vulnerable individuals. She is frequently praised for her sensitive yet sensible approach with clients.

In the public law arena Emily represents local authorities, parents, children and extended family members and has experience presenting cases before Lay Magistrates through to the High Court and Court of Appeal. Her recent caseload has included representation of clients in cases concerning chronic neglect, sexual abuse and inflicted injuries, including shaken baby cases.

Recognised for her sensitive approach Emily has dealt with a significant number of cases in which there has been a parent death, including by suicide. She recently acted for a mother with a terminal illness who sought to ensure that her daughter’s arrangements were settled prior to her death.

Emily’s latest children cases include:       

  • Representation of a client in two sets of care proceedings, each running more than ten days in length. The main issue in the second set of proceedings related to re-opening findings of fact made in the first.
  • Representing an intervener, who had no immigration status in the UK, in care proceedings where the child had suffered inflicted injuries, namely 10 fractures. The intervener was completely exonerated and was then positively assessed to care for the child.
  • Representation of a parent at a finding of fact hearing concerning multiple serious allegations of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse against the resident parent and the children, including multiple rape and GBH.
  • Advising a client in relation to removal from the jurisdiction to the UAE in a case where the children concerned were conceived by donor insemination. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 considerations applied.
  • Representation of a client in an application in the High Court pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998 for injunctive relief preventing removal of children subject to care orders but placed with their parents.
  • Forced Marriage and Wardship proceedings involving children removed by a parent to a non-Hague Convention Country.


Emily has a growing practice in the adoption field, having appeared in Re W, at first instance, on appeal to the Court of Appeal case (Re W [2016] EWCA Civ 793), and at the recent re-hearing. She has a firm grasp of the issues, practice and procedure in this ever developing area of law and advises clients with confidence.