Emma Palmer Family Law

Dr Emma Palmer

Partner and Head of Family

Emma succeeded Managing Partner, Emma Carey as Head of Family in 2018 and has been a Partner of the firm since 2017.  

Emma specialises in international family matters and complex children proceedings representing parents, children and wider family members. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a Resolution accredited specialist in: child abduction, forced marriage & honour based abuse and domestic abuse and a member of The Law Society’s Children Panel. Emma is instructed by the Official Solicitor to act for parents abroad in child abduction cases. 

Emma is instructed by clients all over the world for High Court matters. She has provided training to other family lawyers, CAFCASS and charitable organisations on topics including complex care proceedingschild abduction, wardship, international divorce, forced marriage and honour-based abuse. 

Emma is a Director of Liverpool Law Society and Chair of the Liverpool Law Society Family Sub Committee. 

Emma is named as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 Directory and recommended as an ‘up and coming’ lawyer in the Chambers & Partners Directories that say this about Emma: 

state of the art knowledge of abduction, jurisdiction and relocation cases. 

‘Brilliant solicitor’ 

‘recognised as a stand-out international children’s lawyer 

 ‘She has notable expertise in international cases and financial remedy proceedings. Commentators say: “She is an excellent lawyer – very approachable and intelligent,” adding: “She is very experienced, thorough and always gets good results. 

View my Spears 500 profile, here.

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“…thank you for all your support during this, you have been amazing and very reassuring and…”

“…tseses thank you for all your support during this, you have been amazing and very reassuring and…”

“I’m still recovering from the sheer relief of today, but wanted to thank you for all your support during this, you have been amazing and very reassuring and I really do thank my lucky stars to have had you as my lawyer through this!”

“Thank you for all your advice and support which helped us become a forever family.”

“I would like to thank Emma Palmer and her team for acting on my behalf and making what was a very difficult time a lot easier. From start to finish in the overall process communication was excellent, the MSB staff members were very helpful, friendly & absolutely professional and I felt totally supported the entire time.  I would highly recommend MSB for divorce/Separation cases involving relocation.”

“Emma, I cannot express my gratitude enough. You have saved my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

“I still can’t believe it. I had absolute faith in you the moment we first spoke and you never let me down – thank you!”

“I am particularly impressed with Head of Family Emma Palmer. Her knowledge of complex issues such as honour based violence, forced marriage and inter jurisdictional matters are excellent and she is regularly sought out by children’s guardians in Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester when dealing with these cases.”

“Emma Palmer is an excellent lawyer willing to go the extra mile for her clients. Thanks to her great efforts, my application under the Hague Abduction Convention was settled days after the directions hearing and a voluntary return of my daughter to me was secured.”

“The Family law team headed by Emma Palmer consists of excellent lawyers and support staff all of whom are demonstrably committed to delivering the best service to the clients in the most time efficient manner.”