Rising Stars Family Lawyers
Spear’s heads to Charles Street to meet Emma Percy, a ‘star in the making’ who’s rapidly progressing in the family landscape, according to a senior lawyer.
The 30-year-old’s humble smile belies her UHNW practice, boasting celebrities, aristocracy, Russian oligarchs and sports stars. Her performance in complex cases alongside founder Camilla Baldwin has made her a partner already, which is exceptional as it was only in 2014 that she joined as a newly qualified solicitor.
Her first and biggest case was her most memorable. She advised a Russian entrepreneur whose divorce was a ‘precedent book on case law’. ‘There were issues with privilege, conflict, children, along with applications for non-molestation and occupation orders. There were financial proceedings involving both England and Russia, as well as issues with non-disclosure,’ she says, adding: ‘It was completely full-on.’
A current case is similarly dramatic. ‘We were acting for the father of a child, and at the doors of the final hearing he discovered that he was not actually the biological father,’ Percy says. It’s perhaps where her EQ and human geography degree came in handy: ‘Our strategy and tactics had to change at the last minute.’
Is she the face of a new breed of lawyers? ‘Maybe,’ she laughs, saying clients love a ‘fresh’ face. ‘They see someone young, driven and committed who is determined to achieve the best result.’