Emily Ward

Emily Ward

  • Year of Call: 2011
  • LL.B (Hons), Law, University of Manchester (2010, First Class)
    Bar Professional Training Course (2011)
    Godfrey Heilpern Scholar
    Middle Temple

    Emily Ward joined Broadway House Chambers in August 2012 following the completion of her Family, Civil and Employment law pupillage under the supervision of Robert Cole.

    Family Law

    Ancillary Relief

    During pupillage Emily obtained extensive knowledge in all areas of Ancillary Relief claims, especially in high-value and complex cases.

    She has a keen interest in matrimonial finance and is instructed to represent both publicly and privately funded clients in all areas of financial remedy, including first appointments, financial dispute resolution hearings, final hearings, applications to vary orders and maintenance pending suit applications. She is also instructed to represent clients in claims involving section 37 applications and applications to set aside property transactions.

    Emily's recent cases include:

    • Representing an Intervener at final hearing, listed for five days, involving numerous complex issues including multiple lay and professional witnesses, multiple allegations of fraud, a section 37 application, an application to set aside a property transaction and competing claims as to the beneficial interest in matrimonial property. Settled on day two.
    • Representing a client at first appointment in a case involving limited companies and other extensive business interests.
    • Representing a client facing committal proceedings resulting from alleged breaches of undertakings in a section 37 and MPS application.

    Children Act

    Emily is also instructed in both public and private law Children Act proceedings. She regularly represents clients at directions hearings, case management conferences, finding of fact hearings, residence, contact and specific issue final hearings and in Family Law Act 1996 proceedings.

    In public law proceedings Emily has represented parents, extended family members and children (through their Guardians), and is often instructed to represent the Local Authority. 

    Her recent cases include:

    • Representing the Local Authority at a three-day contested interim care order application.
    • Representing Local Authorities at contested final hearings for both care orders and placement orders.
    • Representing an extended family member in contested care proceedings, which resulted in the making of a Special Guardianship Order.

    Civil & Employment Law

    Emily is also interested in all areas of civil law with a particular interest in personal injury, civil applications and negligence. She was awarded academic prizes in tort, consumer law and sale and supply of goods and is keen to develop her practice in these areas. During the BPTC her work in Civil Litigation was graded as Outstanding.

    Emily is regularly instructed to represent clients in civil matters, including landlord and tenant and housing disputes, credit hire, personal injury actions (including road traffic incidents and employers liability) and enforcement proceedings. She regularly represents clients at case management conferences, applications, trials and infant approvals and has appeared in both the County and High Court. At present, Emily has an ongoing contested enforcement matter in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

    Emily is happy to consider accepting instructions on a CFA and regularly advises on issues such as quantum and drafts statements of case.


    Scholarships & Awards


    Middle Temple

    Godfrey Heilpern Scholarship (2010)


    University of Manchester

    RG Lawton Prize for Family Law (2010)

    RG Lawton Prize for Consumer Law (2010)

    RG Lawton Prize for Sale and Supply of Goods (2010)

    RW Stead Junior Legal Scholarship (2008)

    RG Lawton Prize for Tort (2008)

    Harry Street Prize for Tort (2008)


    Professional Memberships


    Family Law Bar Association

    Employment Law Bar Association

    Personal Injury Bar Association

    Bar Pro Bono Unit


    Recent Articles & Seminars


    The Modernisation of Family Justice (Broadway Quarterly, September 2012) - An article focussing on Mr Justice Ryder’s judicial proposals for the modernisation of family justice and the proposed solutions to the problems raised in the Family Justice Review (November 2011)

    Private Child Law Update (May 2012) - A presentation given to Doncaster Law Society, with Nick Power. The seminar provided a practitioner update on private law matters, including section 91(14) applications, disclosure, and recent case law.


    Other Information


    In her spare time Emily enjoys travel, reading and running.