Emma Sumner


"Emma is an exceptional all rounder. She is excellent with clients and immediately gains their trust and respect. She is supremely diligent in her preparation and will always have read everything and understood every detail and she is a persuasive advocate. She demonstrates all of these qualities and really deserves her recognition as one of the very best senior juniors.’ ‘She often represents high-profile individuals in the sporting and business industries. Sumner has a depth of experience acting unled against KC opposition.’

Chambers and Partners 2022 and Legal 500 2022


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.

Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500

‘She has an incredible grasp on complex facts, and her written work is flawless.’

“A brilliant junior who is always on top of her game. Has expert legal knowledge and a genuine interest in the client.”

"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."

“A thorough negotiator who always settles out of court when possible.”

"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’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.”

“The “highly regarded” Emma Sumner is praised by sources for being “very clear in her advice” and “very good with judges”.

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

Married with two children.