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
    Legal Aid Supplier Number 02CDG

    Emily Ward joined Broadway House Chambers in August 2012 following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Robert Cole. Emily is a member of Broadway House Chambers' Family Law, Civil & Commercial Law and Employment Law teams.

    Family Law

    Emily is a busy Family Law specialist, representing and advising clients in all areas of Family Law.

    Emily has a keen interest in matrimonial finance and acts for clients from  pre-issue through to final hearings and on appeals. She gained extensive knowledge and experience of financial remedy proceedings during pupillage, particularly in high-value and complex cases. Her clients range from high earners with substantial capital, business assets and extensive pension provision, through to clients in difficult cases where needs exceed the available assets.

    Emily is instructed to represent both publicly and privately funded clients at 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:

    • Representation of a client with multiple business interests and interests in limited companies, requiring expert evidence.

    • Represention of an intervener in a complex case involving multiple lay and expert witnesses, multiple allegations of fraud, a section 37 application and competing claims as to the beneficial interest in matrimonial property.

    • Acting as Junior Counsel, led by Martin Wood, in a complex financial remedy application with significant assets, including extensive public service pensions which required the input of expert actuarial evidence.

    • Advising and representing a client in relation to an appeal that required consideration of immigration status, deportation and jurisdictional issues.

    • Advising a client in relation to issues surrounding a substantial discretionary family trust, created after a significant lottery win. Ongoing and linked financial remedy and civil proceedings.

    Emily's family practice also encompasses all areas of Public and Private Children Law. In the private law arena Emily advises and represents clients in a wide-range of applications, including: applications for temporary or permanent removal of children from the jurisdication, internal relocation cases, and cases involving disputes as to a child's education. Emily is often a favourite in cases involving intractable contact disputes, implacable hostility and vulnerable individuals.

    In the public law arena Emily represents Local Authorities, parents, children and extended family members and has experience presenting cases before Lay Magistrates through to High Court Judges. Her recent caseload has included the representation of clients in cases concerning chronic neglect, sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.

    Emily's latest children cases include:

    • Representation of a client at a five-day contested private law hearing in an intractable contact dispute with expert evidence from a child psychologist and representation of the child through their Guardian.

    • Representation of a parent at a four-day finding of fact hearing concerning 17 serious allegations of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse against the resident parent and the children, including multiple rape and GBH.

    • Advising a client in relation to removal from the jurisdiction in a case where the children concerned were conceived by donor insemination. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 considerations applied.

    • Representation of a parent in the public law arena with multiple potential findings of significant non-accidental injury to a young child;

    • Representation of a client in an application in the High Court pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998 for injunctive relief preventing removal of children subject to care orders but placed with their parents.

    Family Law Act applications are also a regular feature of Emily's caseload. She represents clients in cases involving severe and significant allegations of domestic violence where Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders are sought for protection.

    She also accepts instructions in TOLATA claims and is able to bring to the table her knowledge and practice of Civil Law and the CPR.

    Civil & Commercial Law

    Emily also specialises in Civil Law. She achieved First Class grades in Company Law, Contract Law, Consumer Law and Sale and Supply of Goods at University and she was graded as Outstanding on the BPTC in Civil Litigation.  She is able to quickly grasp and tackle all relevant issues and provide commercially sound advice to clients.  Her practice incorporates a wide range of matters, including personal injury, employer's liability, medical and professional negligence, possession and housing disputes and contract and consumer issues.  She regularly advises on liability and quantum, pre- and post-issue, and represents clients at directions hearngs, CMCs, interim applications and at trial.

    Emily has appeared in the County and High Court and recently appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the Lord Chancellor (as successor to the Legal Services Commission) in an application for permission to appeal in a second appeal.

    Emily's recent civil and commercial cases include:

    • Successful resistance of an application for permission to appeal in a second appeal on behalf of the Lord Chancellor (reported: [2014] EWCA Civ 671)

    • Two day multi-track trial in the Chancery Division of the High Court, including an application pursuant to s.432 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (transaction defrauding creditors)

    • Interim application in sensitive defamation proceedings (slander and the tort of malicious falsehood)

    • Advising on quantum in cases where the client has a significant and life-changing diagnosis, including a diagnosis of Regional Chronic Pain Syndrome, dental injuries and significant scarring cases.

    Emily drafts pleadings, witness statements and written advices and is happy to accept instructions that require a fast turnaround.  She is also happy to consider accepting cases on a CFA basis.

    Employment Law

    Emily is also a member of the Broadway House Employment Law team.  She has a firm grounding of employment law having studied employment at degree level and spending time with employment practitioners whilst in pupillage.

    Emily acts on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents and provides written advices and advocacy in all areas of Employment law. She is able to represent clients on the North Eastern Circuit but she also appears before the Employment Tribunals on the Northern Circuit, particularly Manchester.

    She has an ongoing equal pay matter and recently represented a client in a three-day hearing incorporating claims for disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal.


    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)


    Notable Cases


    Bibi v Lord Chancellor (as successor to the Legal Services Commission) & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 671

    Successful resistance of a permission to appeal application in a second appeal before Lord Justice Vos. Held: There was not a matter of principle or practice, or any other compelling reason, justifying why a second appeal should be heard.


    Professional Memberships


    Family Law Bar Association

    Employment Law Bar Association

    Personal Injury Bar Association

    Bar Pro Bono Unit


    Recent Articles & Seminars


    Emily shares Broadway House Chambers' commitment to professional education and is available to provide in-house training and seminars to solicitors' firms and other organisations in each of her respective specialist fields.

    'Pregnant Workers Direction: It does what it says on the tin' (Broadway Quarterly, May 2014) - Employment law article discussing and analysing the recent decisions of Z v A Government Department (C-363/12) and CD v ST (C-167/12) in the context of the Pregnant Workers Directive. Employment and family law considerations.

    Private Child Law Seminar (March 2013) - A presentation given to Doncaster Law Society, with Nick Power. General private law update including changes to the FPR in relation to the instruction of experts.

    Private Child Law Seminar (March 2013) - A presentation given to Connect2Law, with Robert Cole. The CPD accredited seminar focused on section 8 applications and applications for removal of children from the jurisdication.

    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.