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.

Emily represents professional and lay clients in public law proceedings; she is instructed in cases involving a wide range of issues including serious non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse. 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.

Emily is approachable and builds rapport quickly with lay clients. She ensures the client fully understands what to expect from a hearing and the outcome following it. Her sense of professionalism also facilitates strong relationships with professional clients. She currently sits on the committee for West & North Yorkshire Young Resolution and provides regular training and seminars for the legal profession and social workers.

Areas of Expertise

Family Law Bar Association The Honourable Society of Inner Temple Resolution Young Resolution North & West Yorkshire Committee (Secretary) Lawyers for Children North Eastern Circuit

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.

Anthropology BA - Durham University – 2.1 (Hons) (2009) Visual Anthropology with Documentary Film MA – Manchester University – Distinction (2010) GDL – University of Law Manchester – Commendation (2016) BPTC – BPP Manchester – Very Competent (Outstanding in Family and Written Skills) (2017)