Emma Pearce joined KBG chambers in Plymouth as a tenant in 2007 after successful completion of her common law pupillage there. In her first few years Emma undertook mostly criminal work spending a period of time on placement within the CPS. She continued to undertake criminal and civil work (mostly personal injury) whilst building her family practice and since 2013 has practiced exclusively in children’s family law both public and private.
Professional memberships: Family Law Bar Association
Emma acts for a number of local authorities and also represents parents, children, grandparents and interveners in both care and adoption proceedings. She regularly acts in complex cases involving issues of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, drugs and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and children with medical conditions. Emma is regularly instructed in fact-finding hearings involving issues of non-accidental bruising, multiple fractures, allegations of sexual abuse and a recent case involving fabricated induced illness.
Emma also has extensive experience representing parents with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
Emma has been involved in several complicated cases such as fact finding cases including allegations of physical and sexual harm as well as cases involving Rule 16.4 Guardians. Emma has extensive expertise in all section 8 Children Act applications including internal relocation and Special Guardianship applications.
Emma is experienced in dealing with urgent and non-urgent cases including non-molestation orders and contested occupation orders.