Emma Brunning

Senior Associate

[Emma is an] "excellent and empathetic communicator"

Legal 500 [UK 2019]


Emma joined Birketts in spring 2014, having worked as a family lawyer in well-respected firms in Essex (mainly in Chelmsford) throughout her career. She is a Senior Associate in our Family and Matrimonial Team. Emma assists clients with a full range of issues involving family law, including:

  • cohabitation agreements;
  • pre-marital agreements (that is ‘pre-nups’);
  • divorce and financial issues arising from divorce;
  • disputes involving Children;
  • unmarried couples dealing with financial issues arising from separation;
  • issues surrounding same sex couples;
  • legal separation agreements;
  • domestic violence and injunctions.

Emma is a Resolution accredited specialist in Advance Financial Provision 1 and Private Children Law. She is a trained collaborative lawyer, giving her clients the option to resolve their difficulties in a non-contentious manner.

Emma qualified as a Solicitor in October 1997. She has developed a particular interest in financial issues surrounding relationships and disputes between parents and children. Many of her clients have complex financial arrangements or face extremely difficult decisions around ongoing arrangements for their children.

Having assisted clients with family law problems for many years, Emma understands the emotional turmoil that comes with relationship breakdowns and dealing with important family decisions. Each situation is unique and Emma tailors her advice to suit her clients’ individual circumstances.

Emma aims to reach constructive solutions with minimum conflict and expense. She believes it is important to negotiate a settlement with minimum court involvement, wherever possible. Where a case needs input from a judge, she is experienced in working within the court process to achieve your final objective wherever possible.

Emma is based in our Chelmsford office.

Other Information

The "excellent and empathetic communicator" Emma has been listed as a Next Generation Lawyer by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. Previous editions have praised her ability to "cut through the facts with precision and at light speed".

Emma has been highlighted as an Associate to watch by Chambers [UK 2019]. One source states that "her understanding of which issues are relevant is very good," while another recognises that "she has deep knowledge in her specialist field and gives sound advice throughout the process".

Next Generation Lawyer Legal 500 2019

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