Emma is a partner and Head of the of the Family Team.

Emma specialises in all aspects of family law and relationship breakdown, including divorce, financial disputes between spouses and cohabitants, private law children cases and pre and post-nuptial settlements.

Emma has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving complex business assets, inherited wealth, farming assets, trusts and Armed Forces pensions.

Emma also has a wealth of experience acting for clients involved in issues relating to children, including applications for removal from the jurisdiction, the future living arrangements for the children and acting for grandparents.

As a member of Resolution and a trained collaborative family lawyer, Emma seeks to provide an alternative to litigation for her clients if appropriate and steer her clients towards workable solutions.

Emma’s aim is to help clients leave the marriage with their dignity intact and feeling that they have retained control of the process and where possible, developed a positive post separation parenting relationship with their former spouse.

Notable work highlights

Emma is frequently instructed in high net worth cases often with complex assets or where there are significant pension interests.

Reported case W v H (divorce financial remedies) [2020] EWFC B10

  • In April 2020 Emma was instructed for the wife in a case involving the treatment of pensions on divorce. The case was before HHJ Hess, Deputy Lead Judge of the Financial Remedy Court. The authority quotes widely from the Pensions Advisory Group report published in 2019 and has very useful guidance as to how pensions should be treated on divorce. We were successful in arguing that the total £2.1m pension fund should be shared between the parties on the basis of equality of income, despite the husband’s pre-marital contributions. The case also provides helpful guidance on global maintenance orders and costs orders. A link to a summary of the case is available here.
  • Emma has been ranked as a next generation partner in the recent edition of the Legal 500, who state, “ Emma Wilders-Pratt is especially well known for her work for clients with inherited wealth, military pensions, and other intricate asset structures.”

Away from the office

Emma lives in Hampshire with her husband. When not at work, you will find Emma running around after her two very energetic children with their various sports and activities, or planning her next open water swim. 

Accreditations & Memberships

  • Resolution.
  • Trained collaborative lawyer.
  • Dragonfly Champion.
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer by Wiselaw.

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