Partner and Children Arbitrator
Emily Watson has extensive experience of the many and complex financial issues arising from separation and divorce, including those with an international dimension. She also has significant experience of disputes concerning children, with a particular expertise in contested Child Arrangements Orders and a strong track record in external relocation (leave to remove) cases. Emily has also dealt with a large number of pre and post nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation disputes.
Emily is a qualified children Arbitrator and is able to arbitrate private law children disputes. She is also a Resolution accredited specialist in Children Law (private) and Complex Financial Remedies (middle/high income and assets).
Emily was named as a “leading individual” in the Legal 500 2018, where she was described as “calm, thorough, with a great eye for detail”.
Clients appreciate Emily’s supportive manner, her clear explanations of the legal issues and willingness to fight their corner robustly when appropriate.
Thank you once again for all of your hard work and advice but actually for your support and caring manner. You are great at what you do because I think you really do care.
Client on Emily, 2017
Emily is ‘a superb lawyer’.
Legal 500 2016
Emily ‘gets to the core of a problem quickly’.
Legal 500 2015
Emily is a star and simply wonderful to deal with! She is direct, succinct, highly professional, organised, crystal clear and very efficient. She is absolutely brilliant and it is a complete pleasure to work with her!
Client on Emily, 2014
Consulting Rayden Solicitors was the best decision I ever made when I needed sensible legal support during an international marriage break up. Mine was a particularly difficult case and Emily Watson treated me with sensitivity but with the strength I needed to win my case. I can never thank them enough, their legal advice was tremendous.
Client on Emily, 2013
Emily acted for the mother in the High Court case of L v L (Child: Arrangements Following Treatment)  EWHC 1212 (Fam) (19 May 2017)
Prior to joining Rayden Solicitors, Emily ran a complex and long-running international High Court case on behalf of three intervenors, culminating in obtaining a rare costs order against the LSC, reported as LSC v F, A and V  EWHC
Emily is a member of Resolution. She is a former member of Resolution’s Precedent Drafting Committee and of their Cohabitation Working Party. Emily also contributes regularly to professional press, including the Family Law Journal.
Emily trained at top London family law firm Manches and has practised family law exclusively since qualifying in 2002. She worked at Dawsons for nearly five years and then joined Kingsley Napsley in 2007, continuing to develop her expertise in a range of family law issues at both firms.
Emily is based in Berkhamsted but is also able to meet clients in St Albans or London.
Emily is supported by Katie.
Katie works full time.
Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org