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)

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Notable Cases

Re W (Adoption – Contact) [2016] EWHC 3118 (Fam) Re-hearing of Re W (below) before Cobb J sitting in the High Court. Adoption order made, but judgment in favour of post-adoption contact with siblings and grandparents in circumstances where there in no pre-existing relationship with the child, described by Cobb J as ‘unique.’

Re W [2016] EWCA Civ 793 (July 2016) – Representation of grandparents on pro-bono basis in an important case before the Court of Appeal in relation to adoption. Guidance was given in relation to ‘nothing else will do’ and ‘no presumption’ in favour of family members in the context of adoption proceedings. Widely reported and commented upon in the legal and national press. All other parties represented by silk and junior counsel.

Re W [2016] EWHC 2437 (Fam) (May 2016) – Representation of grandparents in proceedings concerning cross-applications for an adoption order and special guardianship order. The case was complex and unique in that the grandparents did not know of the child’s existence until she was placed with prospective adopters. The case was heard by Bodey J sitting in the High Court.

J, K and L (Children) (Placement Order) [2015] EWFC B105 (3 July 2015) – Representation of a mother, who had significant learning disabilities and cognitive brain impairment, in complex care proceedings.

J (A Child) (Non Accidental Injury) [2014] EWFC B162 (16 September 2014) – Representation of a father in proceedings concerning an inflicted injury to his son. The father had his own vulnerabilities which required a sensitive and tailored approach. 

Bibi v Lord Chancellor (as successor to the Legal Services Commission) & Anor  [2014] EWCA Civ 671 – Successful resistance of a permission to appeal application in a second appeal before Lord Justice Vos.