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Emma Greenhalgh

Year of call 2010, Middle Temple  

Areas of Expertise
Court of Protection, Family

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"Emma Greenhalgh is a brilliant advocate and works extremely hard."

Chambers and Partners 2024

"Emma is always well prepared across all of the details of the case. She is committed to her clients and her client handling skills are second to none, her attendance notes and draft orders are always prompt and detailed, her advocacy is brilliant, both in and out of the court room, and her advice is realistic and sensitive to the client’s position."

Legal 500 2024

Family - Northern (Bar):
"Emma Greenhalgh is good on child law cases."

Chambers and Partners 2023

"Emma is an extremely intelligent advocate who is fair and balanced but forthright in the court room. Her understanding of the issues and swift assimilation of the documentation is enviable."

Legal 500 2023

Family (Northern Bar):
"Emma's ability, preparation and attention to detail are superb." "She's very thorough, very comprehensive in her preparation and very approachable."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Emma is always very well prepared and knows the case thoroughly. Her advice is always well researched, balanced and pragmatic. Emma has an excellent manner when dealing with professional clients and her thorough and methodical approach gives clients confidence, particularly when the matter is complex."

Legal 500 2022

Family/Matrimonial – Northern (Bar):
"She provided realistic advice and robust representation of the client."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Family and Children Law: Leading Barrister
"A thoughtful and empathetic advocate who always stands up for her clients."

Legal 500 2020

Family/Matrimonial – Northern (Bar): Band 2
"Emma is very hard-working and gets on a level with clients very well." "She is very talented."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Family and children law – ranked Tier 1
She has extensive experience in public law children matters.

Legal 500 2019

Family/Matrimonial – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 2)
"She is a silk in the making. Her analysis is phenomenal."
"She always prepares very thoroughly."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

"A tenacious advocate who is able to get to grips with extremely complex cases."

Chambers and Partners 2018

“Focus on children cases, with childcare issues being a particular specialism.” “She is thorough and passionate about her cases.” “Personable, intelligent and really thinks about her cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2017

"Up-and-coming advocate with a particular focus in public law Children Act matters. Represents children, parents and local authorities in a range of issues. 'She has a good practice and is well respected.' 'She is always really helpful and really thorough with advice to the client.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"She is exceptionally well prepared and insightful, with good client care skills and an ability to argue her points effectively." "She is a rising star in that set of chambers."

Chambers & Partners 2015


Emma Greenhalgh

Emma Greenhalgh joined Chambers in 2011 following successful completion of pupillage. Prior to this, Emma qualified as a Solicitor during which time she gained a variety of experience in all aspects of Family Law with a leading high street practice based in the North West. She prides herself on thorough preparation and a down to earth approach. Emma has the ability to analyse the factual and legal issues concisely and adopts a professional and robust attitude.

Emma is Head of the Pupillage and Tenancy Committee and leads with a resolute commitment to developing talented barristers within Chambers.



Emma is a specialist in Children Act 1989 applications and undertakes all forms of hearings from the first appointment through to contested final hearings.

In private law proceedings Emma has been involved in several complicated cases such as: contested special guardianship applications; international relocation and cases featuring allegations prompting a s37 enquiry.

In public law proceedings Emma acts for: local authorities; parents; children grandparents and intervenors. She has acted in complex cases concerning allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She has experience of several cases where children and protected parties have given live oral evidence.

Emma has a particular interest in non-accidental injury cases and enjoys the forensic medical and evidential elements.

Emma represents all parties in deprivation of liberty proceedings and has experience of cases which are then transferred to the Court of Protection. She also regularly acts for vulnerable clients (including via the Official Solicitor) and is known for her ability and understanding to work with clients who suffer from learning difficulties.

Emma regularly appears in the High Court and has experience in cases involving: the medical treatment of children; wardship; deprivation of liberty; the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction; the restriction and exercise of parental responsibility and party status; female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Emma acts for police authorities and local authorities in disclosure and public interest immunity applications in both the criminal and family jurisdictions.


  • Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v M & Anor [2019] EWHC 468 (Fam) -
  • Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v M & Anor (2019) EWHC 1244 (Fam)
  • Re AA & 25 others (2019) EWFC 64
  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council v ML & Anor [2022] EWHC 746 (Fam) (04 April 2022)


Emma provides regular training to both social workers and legal professionals. She has also provided training to Greater Manchester Police.


Child Concern
Family Law Bar Association


LLB (Hons), Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

Prescribed Information

Emma Greenhalgh is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Emma can be found here.

Emma’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Emma to undertake Court and advisory work for a fixed fee or brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees are available. Emma accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. Emma will typically return paperwork within 14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

Specialist Areas of Practice:

Court of Protection


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