David Emmerson

Partner/Head of Family Dispute Resolution and Family Finance

David specialises in resolving complex financial and children cases for separating couples. He is experienced in dealing with both pre- nuptial and post nuptial settlements as well as co-habitation law. He is also an experienced Collaborative Family lawyer which is very a effective way of resolving issues between separating couples. David's advocacy experience covers financial and private law children cases. David has given lectures and chaired conferences on legal services, family law in both finance and children law; and practice management. He has written many articles for periodicals and journals on both family law issues.

David sits as a part-time District Judge on family and civil cases.

Area of specialism: Complex financial and children cases for separating couples; prenuptial and postnuptial settlement and Cohabitation law. David assists and advises clients of the best options through court based, collaborative family law, and family mediation processes. He has also recently been appointed an anti-discrimination chair for the Footballers’ Association.

Accreditations: Higher Rights (civil and family) advocacy accreditation. Resolution accredited specialist in finance, private law children domestic abuse; Resolution and Family Mediation Council Accredited mediator. The Law Society Family Law Panel

Committee memberships: National Committee member of Resolution, Chair of Resolution’s Legal Aid Committee and Vice-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee. Member of both Lexis Nexis Butterworth's Family Law Editorial Board and Family Law Editorial board of Thomson Reuters Practical Law. 

Awards: OBE for work in publicly funded legal services nationally and particularly in east London.

Publications: Newly appointed author of Butterworth's Family Law Service in the domestic abuse section. Co author of Resolution’s Family Law Handbook; Contributor to Resolution’s Precedents for Consent Orders.

David is recommended by The Legal 500 and Chambers  for family law and in the Legal 500 as a mediator “The ‘skilled’ David Emmerson ‘puts clients at ease’. “

David is also recommended by Thomson Reuters as a 2016 Superlawyer in the area of family law

I wanted to write you a note to say thank you David for all your help and support throughout my divorce proceedings over the last six months. You have worked extremely hard on my behalf and I am very pleased with the outcome that we achieved. You have also been a source of invaluable advice and guidance throughout the collaborative process and enabled me to be a confident participant in the discussions with my husband. Above all, you have ensured that the process of divorce was as painless as possible, and for this I am truly grateful.

recommended in the family law category and “highly respected by peers” as a family mediator 

recommended by Thomson Reuters superlawyers.co.uk as one of the top family lawyers in 2015 


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E1 4TP

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