Emma Sumner


Acts in high net worth Schedule 1 children and ancillary relief proceedings, and is a specialist at navigating complex trust and tax structures. She often represents high-profile international individuals in the sporting and business industries. Sumner has a depth of experience of acting unled against QC opposition. Strengths: "A brilliant junior who is always on top of her game." "Has expert legal knowledge and a genuine interest in the client." "A thorough negotiator who always settles out of court when possible." ‘A calming presence, Emma is a gifted advocate and it is a joy to instruct her. Emma has a wealth of experience and as well as providing superb legal advice she also has a very practical approach.’

Chambers and Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2021


Since being called to the bar in 1999, Emma has risen to the top tiers of the private matrimonial finance bar. Her cases often include corporate, trust and international elements and she regularly appears on behalf of high net worth individuals who are involved in the areas of finance, law, sport and business.

Emma is known amongst fellow professionals for her clear, incisive views, confident advocacy, effective negotiation skills and friendly manner. She enjoys building a rapport with clients, for whom she works tirelessly and is praised by Chambers & Partners for her “excellent client care skills”. She is also renowned for being “very good with judges” and “excellent on her feet” with “a real iron fist in velvet glove approach, which is extremely effective”.

This high regard has led the directories to rank for many years as one of the leading practitioners amongst her peers in the area of matrimonial finance.

Financial remedy cases often involving substantial assets.

  • Charterhouse School
  • Exeter University (Politics)

Chambers and Partners

"She has incredible poise – you can throw almost anything at her and it's as if she'd expected it all along." "A brilliant all-rounder who is incredibly well polished."

"Elegant and poised, she is known for her meticulous preparation and powerful advocacy. She is well liked and respected by clients and judges alike."

“Calm and measured with superb judgment and excellent client care skills. She inspires confidence and is an excellent advocate.”

“She is very polished, very thorough and a really tenacious advocate. She always wants to win; no matter what the case, you know she’s going to fight all the way. She will compromise where necessary but will always want to win.”

“She’s fantastic to work with, and you can’t fault her on the law. She’s also incredibly personable and easy to approach.” “Always so well prepared and her attention to detail is second to none.”

“Has experience in a range of family law issues and is particularly recommended for her expertise in high net worth ancillary relief cases, especially those involving corporate and trust matters. “Very helpful, easy to work with and very clear in her views.”

“The “highly regarded” Emma Sumner is praised by sources for being “very clear in her advice” and “very good with judges”. Her private family law practice is focused largely on high value ancillary relief cases, which frequently have corporate or trust dimensions to them.”

Legal 500

"Has a calm and reassuring manner with clients."

"She is forceful and pragmatic and has an excellent bedside manner."

“She is very thorough in preparing her cases, and has an excellent manner with clients and judges.”

“Recommended for cases involving substantial assets”

Married with two children.