Emma Cross Barrister

Emma Cross

Call 2017

Legal 500 UK Rising Star 2024

Emma is a dedicated and driven family barrister specialising in public children law cases. She regularly appears in person and online in courts and hearings across the South-West and is well regarded by clients, solicitors and judges.

 Recognised by the Legal 500 as a Rising Star – 2024

‘Emma is technically very astute. She is able to spot niche points of law and plan accordingly. Her advocacy is calm and controlled but powerful. She is very good at looking after clients too.’

Recognised by the Legal 500 as a Rising Star – 2023

Emma is a pragmatic, sensible and safe pair of hands. She combines a warm attitude with a high intellect and can always be trusted to get to the heart of a matter. Her cross-examination is skilled and to the point.’

Plymouth Junior Lawyers Division Awards: Junior Lawyer Advocate of the Year – 2023

Children Public Law Work

Emma represents local authorities, parents and Guardians at all stages of public law cases to a high standard, particularly at Circuit Judge and High Court level.

Emma specialises in highly complex contentious cases involving issues of physical, emotional and sexual abuse of adults and children, fabricated or induced illness (FII), deprivations of liberty, chronic neglect, mental health and substance misuse.

Emma has significant experience in representing parties at fact-finding hearings where her forensic approach to preparation enables her to excel in presenting a client’s case.

Emma develops and maintains good working relationships with social work teams and Guardians. She is masterful at presenting key information assimilated from high volumes of papers including sensitive material such as police disclosure and medical records.

Emma recognises that parents in public law proceedings often face difficult and life-changing decisions for their families. Emma is sensitive to the needs of the parents she represents and is always prepared to listen and press for the outcomes a parent hopes to achieve. Emma is known for her robust approach to cases involving interim separation at the outset of a case or following a parenting assessment and she is fearless in her cross-examination of experts and professionals.

Emma was one of the first barristers in the country to undertake the FLBA/ICCA’s ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable in the Family Court’ training and she is particularly skilled in working with vulnerable parents and parents with learning difficulties.

Alongside her busy practice, Emma also delivers advocacy and legal training and seminars to local authorities and solicitors on a regular basis

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