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Emily Finn


Home office: Manchester
Also works in: London
Emily Finn – Divorce and Family Solicitor – Clarke Willmott Manchester

Emily is a Solicitor in our Divorce and Family Law team, dealing with divorce and associated financial matters, nuptial and cohabitation agreements, private children matters including child relocation, and domestic violence injunctions.

Emily is a Solicitor in our Divorce and Family Law team. She deals with divorce and financial matters, private children law, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation and separation agreements, domestic violence injunctions and financial claims for unmarried individuals under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA).

Emily studied law at the University of Nottingham. She qualified as a family law solicitor in September 2016. She joined Clarke Willmott in October 2018.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Emily worked as a litigation executive at a large city centre firm, dealing with a full range of civil litigation matters. As a result, she is skilled when it comes to negotiating and agreeing settlement, or navigating court proceedings where settlement is not possible.

How Emily can help you

Emily deals with financial matters on divorce, including high net worth matters involving complex business interests, and matters which involve issues over non-disclosure. She deals with farming divorces where there are family businesses and inherited land. She also has experience dealing with non-compliance and enforcement of financial orders.

Emily acts for parents and grandparents in private children matters, including where there are welfare concerns. She also has experience in child relocation matters.

Emily has significant experience advising in respect of pre and post nuptial agreements, including in international cases, and she has written for the Family Law Journal in this area. She works alongside lawyers in other jurisdictions where necessary.

Emily advises unmarried individuals regarding financial claims under The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

She also deals with cohabitation and separation agreements for unmarried couples.

Emily has experience dealing with domestic violence injunctions (non-molestation and occupation orders), acting for victims and alleged perpetrators.

Emily has particular interest in assisted reproduction, fertility and surrogacy law, including LGBTQ+ and donor conception.


Emily’s clients say:

“It gives me the greatest of pleasure to write this testimonial! I must admit that when we discussed bringing Emily in on my case, I was concerned that I would not be getting the same level of expertise and quick response. Emily very quickly demonstrated that there was no reason for concern.

1) She very quickly got to know the detail of my case, to the point that if I rang she knew exactly where the case was up to

2) Emily managed to both empathise, comfort but also tell me things I may not have wanted to hear at the time… she was also VERY good at bringing constructive suggestions into play, which meant I could still find some positive resolution

3) She attended a second court hearing with me and my barrister. Her knowledge of the case and the law surrounding my case was impressive. She remained so very focused throughout on the proceedings .. impressing me with her knowledge and skill in identifying the crux of the matter.

Working with Emily has been a pleasure. As an auditor I appreciate it when people take the effort to fully acquaint themselves with the problem in hand, and give honest answers. As a client, I appreciated the empathy, care, consideration and utmost professionalism demonstrated to me.

As in all business circles there are young professionals working hard at what they do. In their specific circle they are labelled as “one to watch”…they also take into consideration TALENT, which cannot be learned. Emily is talented, hard working and definitely ONE TO WATCH!”

Family law client, 2019

“My experience of hiring Clarke Willmott for my case was, and continues to be, excellent. During what has been a difficult time, having to go through court to regain contact with my daughter, Emily Barcilon demonstrated a high level of professionalism and during the whole process I felt assured that Emily was doing everything she could for the end result to be a positive one. Whenever I needed clarity on something, the response time was fantastic and the answer to my query was explained very clearly. I have already recommended Emily to a work colleague who is having similar issues to myself, and I would have no problem in recommending Emily to anybody else in the future. Thank you again Emily, you’re a credit to the Clarke Willmott team and also thank you to Chris for his support too.”

Family law client, 2020

“The whole service I received from Clarke Willmott has been exceptional. From start to finish my case has been treated with such professionalism and respect. I’ve trusted in their experience and knowledge that’s been provided. I personally would like to praise Emily Finn for all her support not just legal but her empathy towards my situation and helping to resolve my issues have been first class. Thank you Clarke Willmott.”

Family law client, 2021

“I’m very happy with the outcome and would like to personally thank Emily for all her hard work and support. She has provided me with much needed strength and given plenty of empathy.”

Family law client, 2021

“Chris Longbottom and Emily Finn were faultless from start to finish. Incredibly supportive and have been honest with me throughout. I would not have had the incredible outcome I did without them. I owe them an awful lot.”

“Emily Finn is also a key member of the team and has a lovely approachable manner when dealing with both clients and other professionals.”

“Emily Finn is very knowledgeable in terms of procedure.”

Legal 500 2022

“Emily Finn and Chris Longbottom: Combined, they consistently demonstrate a real commitment and dedication to their clients. Coupled with the provision of sound advice, my experience is that their clients can rest assured that all that can be done to progress their cases has been done.”

“Emily Finn consistently demonstrates ability beyond her years. Her client care and communication with counsel is first class.”

Legal 500 2023

“She is excellent, personable and great with clients.”

“Emily has a very calm and level-headed approach to each case which keeps all parties at ease. She is a safe pair of hands.”

Chambers 2023

More about Emily

Emily is an active member of Resolution. She is committed to assisting individuals in resolving matters as constructively as possible, supporting families to put the best interests of any children first and reducing conflict. She is Treasurer for the YRes Manchester committee.

Emily is a qualified Collaborative Family Lawyer and she is able to work with other professionals in order to support clients who wish to avoid litigation and participate within the collaborative process in order to reach a fair and equitable settlement in a dignified and respectful way.

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Emily Barcilon is a rising star. She has a clear eye for detail and adopts a thorough approach to case preparation. This, teamed with her calm and personable demeanour makes her an excellent choice for family clients.’

Legal 500 2020

Chris Longbottom…is assisted very well by Emily Barcilon who has one of the best knowledges of procedure in the city.Built my case perfectly from start to finish.

Counsel and judges have all commented on how thorough and beautifully it is put together. The attention to detail is second to none and they really do take the time to check on my wellbeing and how I’m feeling about ongoing matters.”


Legal 500 2021

Articles by Emily and her team


The impact of sport relocation in family law

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Fair shares and non marital assets

Bristol University and the Nuffield Foundation have recently released their report, “Fair shares? Sorting out money and property on divorce”.
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