Emma Nash

Partner & Head of Family Department

Emma’s practice covers all areas of family law but she has developed particular expertise in matters with an international element having spent over four years with a specialist international family law firm prior to joining Fletcher Day in October 2020. In addition to international cases, Emma has worked extensively on complex financial matters (including acting for high-net-worth individuals and families, private children cases, cases involving allegations of domestic abuse, paternity disputes and paternity fraud.

Emma has Higher Rights of Audience and is able to offer a comprehensive service to clients including representation at Court if necessary. She regularly represents clients at court and has appeared at County Court and High Court levels.

In 2021, Emma was listed as a recommended family law by Spear’s500 and a Top 100 Private Client Lawyer in CityWealth’s Leader’s List.

Emma is dedicated to delivering an excellent standard of service to clients. She is also passionate about the development of family law and has contributed articles to the Family Law Journal, the International Family Law Journal and multiple online platforms. Emma writes her own blog ‘Emma’s Family Law Blog’ to encourage debate on important issues and has spoken on Sky News and BBC Radio 4 as a family law expert. 

Areas of expertise

  •  Divorce and financial settlements
  • Child arrangements and parenting disputes
  • Financial claims in respect of children (Schedule 1)
  • Recognition of international marriages and divorces
  • Matters relating to jurisdiction (including habitual residence and domicile)
  • Paternity disputes and paternity fraud
  • Domestic abuse
  • International relocation of children
  • International parental abduction
  • Advocacy in private family proceedings

Career highlights

Representing a father, as advocate, at a hearing in the High Court in a complex wardship case that involved abduction, a parental order, a same sex couple and sensitive cultural issues due to the fathers’ respective national and religious heritages.

Acting for a mother in children proceedings in the High Court who was facing criminal proceedings following the abduction of her children out of the UK and successfully arguing that there had been a change of jurisdiction in relation to the children’s habitual residence.

Being the only private practitioner quoted in the government’s response to the consultation on divorce reform published in April 2019.

Membership & Recognition

Member of Resolution

Member of Resolution Litigants in Person Committee

Recommended Family Lawyer in Spear’s500 (2021)

Top 100 Private Client Lawyer in CityWealth Magazine (2021)

Founder of ‘The Family Law Language Project’ (2021)

Twice shortlisted for Family Law Commentator of the Year at the Family Law Awards (2015 & 2019)


“Emma Nash adopts a considered and pragmatic approach to family law. She has a careful and considered style of advocacy which is most effective.” – The Legal 500