Top Ten Family Lawyers
‘Emma Hatley is a young partner, already handling some of the wealthiest clients in London and from abroad,’ says a peer. ‘She is an excellent negotiator and has a phenomenal grasp on the facts of the case.’ That view is echoed throughout the world of family law: there is no doubt that Hatley, previously a star in the making, is now a bona fide top-ranker. Another peer points to her ‘no-nonsense approach, mixed with charm’.
When Spear’s talks to Hatley, she exhibits an infectious love of her job, which isn’t surprising as she has some of the best work out there. In the past year she has been active on a range of important work, including a major piece of litigation in which she acted for a number of large corporations joined to family proceedings. ‘My past ten months have been spent defending offshore structures; the majority of my practice has been for the financially stronger party,’ she says.
This isn’t to say Hatley never acts on behalf of the weaker party. She also acted recently for the wife in relation to a non-disclosing husband with a substantial art collection. In this instance, she displayed her mastery of complex issues to do with the disposal and valuation of assets.
Beyond the law, Hatley is engaged in ‘defending my wardrobe from the ravages of my teenage daughters, exploring far-flung places and experiencing different cultures, skiing and pilates’.