‘Never cut what you can untie’ is a quote from Joseph Joubert, but it’s also something of a mantra for Emma Hatley, Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year in 2017. In the past year, Hatley has been involved in several complex cases, involving some of the most difficult and contentious issues to come across the desk of a family lawyer, all of which she
has handled with characteristic grace and pragmatism.
If there is one area she could change about the law, she says it would be ‘to recast the approach of the courts to spousal maintenance. There is a great need to provide greater clarity in this highly discretionary area, especially in respect of duration.’