"She is an incredibly dedicated children lawyer who is also very good at strategy. She's always thinking one step ahead so the client has the best outcome long-term."

Chambers & Partner 2020


Tel: 020 7608 4591




Emma is a child law specialist.  She joined Goodman Ray in November 2014 as a senior member of our care and children team.  Emma qualified in 1999 and has over 15 years experience representing parents and children in a range of Children Act matters.

Emma specialises in complex care proceedings and has represented many parents dealing with allegations of physical and emotional harm, non accidental injury, sexual abuse, domestic violence and fabricated illness.

Emma also advises parents in relation to child arrangements orders, formerly known as residence and contact disputes. She specialises in cases where there are allegations of parental alienation, implacable hostility and emotional harm through parental conflict such  that social services may become involved.

Emma is also part of our Court of Protection team which is a developing area of work for Goodman Ray.



Emma is ranked in Chambers & Partners 2016 and has previously been listed in the Legal 500:

Emma Sherrington  ‘knows how to build a winning case’Legal 500, 2018

Emma Sherrington regularly handles a wide variety of cases involving children, with a particular specialism in complex care cases concerning issues of non-accidental injury and abuse. She is also experienced in Court of Protection matters. Sources describe her as “highly intelligent and incredibly diligent.”  Chambers & Partners 2019

“She’s very bright, she’s very astute and she really fights for her clients.” – Chambers and partners 2018

a recent addition to the firm from Fisher Meredith. She comes recommended for her public law children work and is “highly knowledgeable, highly industrious and very well regarded.”  (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“The ‘unflappable’ Emma Sherrington has ‘a heavyweight care practice’.” (2013)


Reported cases:

  • J (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 875
  • Re E (A Child) [2014] EWHC 6 (Fam)
  • IA (A Child) [2013] EWHC 2499 (Fam)
  • LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam)
  • Z and another v C and another [2011] EWHC 3181 (Fam)