Emily Ross

Called 2017


Emily is a specialist family law practitioner and accepts instructions in all aspects of public and private law children’s proceedings. Emily joined Chambers in February 2020 from Zenith Chambers where she completed pupillage in 2018 under the supervision of Louise McCallum.

Her recent successes have included Emily securing the return of her client’s five children to their care following a composite final hearing in which the Local Authority sought adoption for four of the five children. In a private law matter, Emily successfully appealed the making of seventeen allegations of domestic abuse made against her client.

Emily is approachable and builds rapport quickly with lay clients. Her sense of professionalism also facilitates strong relationships with professional clients.

Emily also provides regular training and seminars for the legal profession and social workers.

Areas of Expertise

Emily represents professional and lay clients in public law proceedings. In addition to proceedings relating to neglect, domestic abuse, mental health and substance abuse issues, she has experience in cases involving complex medical evidence and voluminous disclosure, fabricated and induced illness, Secure Accommodation Orders and Deprivation of Liberty. Emily has also been briefed as junior counsel by senior members of the family team.

Emily’s instructions in private law proceedings regularly include complex cases with the appointment of a Children’s Guardian, expert assessments, fact-finding hearings, jurisdictional issues and complex issues relating to costs.

  •  Family Law Bar Association
  •  Association of Lawyers for Children
  •  Resolution
  •  The Honourable Society of Inner Temple Resolution
  •  North Eastern Circuit
  •  L v B, 2022 – Emily represented the Father in his response to an FLA application and in his cross-application to spend time with his young child. The Father was the subject of 17 allegations of domestic abuse made by the Mother, all of which were found proven at the initial finding of fact hearing. Emily successfully appealed the entirety of the judgment and each of the 17 allegations were set aside. The case was extremely litigious. The re-hearing is pending.
  •  Re A, B, C, D, E and F, 2022 – Emily represented the Mother in what was initially a composite finding of fact and final hearing in an application for Care and Placement Orders. During the course of the case Emily secured the reduction of the Local Authority threshold such that the Local Authority no longer pursued allegations of inflicted injury upon the children by the Mother. At the conclusion of the composite hearing the Court made no findings in relation to that injury, and made limited findings in satisfaction of threshold. The Court ordered the return of the five children who were in foster care to the Mother (the sixth had been born during proceedings and had remained in hospital, but was to be placed in the care of the Mother upon discharge). 
  •  Re AR, 2019 – Emily acted as Junior Counsel to Clare Garnham representing two of three children in care proceedings in relation to allegations of sexual abuse made against the father. Emily examined over 6,500 emails and an extensive history of social media screenshot evidence to assist the Guardian in her Re W welfare analysis.
  •  Re H, 2018 – Emily represented the local authority in care and placement order proceedings. The Mother had been convicted of arson and the sentence was one of a Hospital Order due to her severe mental health difficulties and learning disability. The Mother was also deaf which resulted in the hearing requiring the assistance of an intermediary, and BSL interpreter for the intermediary, and two court BSL interpreters.

K v K, 2019 – Emily acted for the Respondent in Committal Proceedings which involved several allegations of serious breaches of a non-molestation order. Emily secured the dismissal of all disputed allegations and no sanction was imposed.

  •  BPTC, BPP Manchester (2017)
  •  GDL, University of Law Manchester (2016)
  •  Visual Anthropology with Documentary Film MA, Manchester University (2010)
  •  Anthropology BA, Durham University (2009)