Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach

Emily is an Associate Solicitor in the Family Department.

Her work covers all aspects of private family law, dealing primarily with divorce and associated financial and children matters.  She is experienced in dealing with international cases and those involving trusts, high value assets, family businesses and complex share schemes.  Emily also advises clients in relation to private law children issues such as disputes regarding care arrangements and leave to remove applications and has a particular interest in cases with a public law element or those involving a non-traditional family unit, including surrogacy and adoption.

Cases of interest include:

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

H v H [2014] EWHC 760 (Fam)

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

MB v EB [2019] EWHC 1649 (Fam)


Emily is listed in The Legal 500 “Next Generation Lawyers” as being “clever and thorough”.

Professional Memberships include:

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 Mile In Her Shoes (a running charity for disadvantaged women), Parkrun and Crisis at Christmas.

In her spare time Emily enjoys running a long way.  She ran the Marathon de Sables in 2015, placed 2nd lady in the Grand Union Canal Race in 2018, completed the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc in 2017 and has participated in a number of Ironman triathlons. She also completed the Abbott Six Star World Marathon Series in 2017.  To offset this she enjoys baking and reading.


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



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