Emma Southern

Teams: Family (Child Care, Finance, Mental Health & Community Care), Landlord & Tenant and Housing (Commercial, Residential, Social), Public Access (Direct Public Access)

Year Called: 2006

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Qualifications: LLB Hons (Bristol), Kennedy Scholar

Memberships: Western Circuit, Family Law Bar Association

Bar Council Registration


Emma accepts instructions in all family law matters and has experience in both private and public law children disputes. She appears in respect of care, special guardianship and s8 proceedings and has represented local authorities, parents, grandparents and guardians.  Her experience includes cases involving domestic violence and resulting fact finding hearings; alcohol and drug abuse; mental health concerns including capacity; sexual and physical abuse including non accidental injuries, emotional harm and neglect.

Emma also appears and advises in respect of claims for ancillary relief; financial provision for children (Schedule 1); foreign divorce, cohabitants' property disputes, disclosure/PII matters and domestic violence injunctions as well as committal proceedings following alleged breaches.

Housing Law:

Emma is a member of the Housing Team handling a wide range of cases including possession proceedings, gas safety injunctions and cases involving anti-social behaviour. She accepts instructions for Housing Associations, individuals and for a number of local authorities.


VAT Number: 917110750

Emma Southern

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