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Emily Foy Emily Foy

Emily Foy

Emily is a specialist family solicitor and advises both domestic and international individuals on complex family law issues including high net worth divorces, jurisdictional disputes and child welfare applications. Described in the legal directories as "clever and thorough", "immensely able" and “one of the best senior associates around” she has “excellent client care skills and a great ability to stay calm when tensions are running high” and has been recognised as a 'Rising Star' consistently since the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 UK.

Emily is an Senior Associate Solicitor in our family department. 

Emily advises on all areas of private family law but her key specialism is in high net worth financial settlements arising out of divorce and relationship breakdown, particularly those with an international element.  Her cases often involve companies, trust schemes and issues of foreign law.  She also has particular experience in complicated childcare disputes, including those involving a public law element such as adoption, and has a growing practice in the particular legal complexities faced by the modern family.  She has acted for a number of high profile individuals, business leaders and celebrities and is conscious of the particular sensitivities when dealing with such cases.

Emily's clients benefit from her constructive and pragmatic approach to her cases.  She aspires to reach an early settlement, where possible, but has a proven track record of successful Court applications where it is not.  Emily works closely with our private client, tax and wealth planning, property and company/commercial departments to provide integrated advice across the jurisdictions.

In her spare time Emily enjoys ultra-running and endurance sports (including Marathon de Sables, UTMB and a 24 hour track race).  She spends her rest days baking, reading books she can’t put down and being outdoors.


"A future partner without a doubt" The Legal 500 UK 2021-2022

"One of the best senior associates around - she has excellent client care skills and has a great ability to stay calm when tensions are running high"  The Legal 500 UK: 2021-2022

"Immensely able" The Legal 500 UK: 2020-2021

‘Rising Star’ The Legal 500 UK: 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022

‘Next Generation Lawyer’ The Legal 500 UK: 2018-2019

‘Clever and thorough’ The Legal 500 UK: 2017-2018

Cases of interest include:

Rothschild v De Souza [2020] EWCA Civ 1215

MB v EB (No 2) [2019] 3676 (Fam

MB v EB [2019] EWHC 1649 (Fam

ABX v SBX and DX [2018] EWFC 81 (Fam

SJ v RA v RF [2014] EWHC 4054 (Fam

H v H [2014] EWHC 760 (Fam

Re: P (Adoption: Leave Provisions) [2007] EWCA Civ 616


Emily has authored a number of articles in publications including Lexis Nexis Family Law and the HNW Divorce Community Magazine and has presented in Webinars for Our Family Wizard and other professional organisations.


Qualified 2008, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2011, promoted to Senior Associate June 2016.

Professional Memberships:

The Law Society (Including the Family and Junior Lawyers’ Divisions)

Resolution (Association of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of disputes)


Sheffield University (Bachelor of Arts / LLB: Award: 2:1)

College of Law London (Legal Practice Course: Award: Distinction)

Further Information:

Emily chairs the firm’s Charity Committee and is a mentor for law students through the firm’s partnership with Coram’s Fields.  Her voluntary work outside of the firm includes A Parkrun and Crisis at Christmas.

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