Family Law Consulting

Advice and representation in family law

David Emmerson

David is a partner at TV Edwards LLP and heads their Family Dispute Resolution team,  family finance  team and consultants team . He is based at their Mile End Road office. in the spring David will join the specialist family law and family dispute resolution team at Anthony Gold based in London Bridge


David qualified as a solicitor in June 1984 and specialises in family law and family dispute resolution. He is also a trained Collaborative Family lawyer and accredited Mediator which is the new effective way of resolving issues between separating couples. David has considerable experience in dealing with divorce, finance and children matters in relation to marital and relationship breakdown.
He is a National Committee member of the Resolution, the association that represents over 6000 family lawyers throughout the country and is an active member of the Family Dispute Resolution committee.

In June 2004 he was awarded an O.B.E. for his work in publicly funded legal services nationally and particularly in East London.  David has been appointed a Deputy District Judge and sits on the South East judicial circuit conduction family law and civil disputes. He became a full member parther at TV Edwards in May 2012. Visit


Areas of Expertise:

David specialises in family law and conducts the advocacy in the majority of his cases and he is a Higher Court Solicitor-Advocate (Civil Proceedings). He has particular expertise in resolving complex financial and children cases. David resolves many cases without the need for court proceedings by encouraging practical solutions that put children as the centre of family dispute resolution. David resolves the vast majority of family mediation cases that he undertakes ensuring outcomes that last.

David has given lectures and chaired conferences on legal services, family law and practice management.  He has written many articles for periodicals and journals on both family law and family law dispute resolution.

He is a co-author of Resolution’s Family Law Handbook. David sits on the family law editorial boards of both Practical Law,Thomson Reuters and Lexis Nexis’s Butterworth’s Family Law Service.

David sits as an anti-discrimination chair for the Football Association.

David is recommended by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Thomson Reuters ‘Superlawyers’ for family law and family mediation.

Panel Membership:

David is a member of  Resolution‘s  specialist Accreditation Panel of Expert Family Lawyers in the family finance, private law children and domestic abuse categories.  David is a Higher Court Solicitor-Advocate in family and civil law proceedings.  David is also a trained Collaborative Family lawyer and accredited Mediator which is the new effective way of resolving issues between separating couples.  David is a member of and past assessor for the Law Society Family Law panel.

Radio Broadcasts:

David has appeared as an expert commentator in relation to family law on BBC Radio 4′s  Unreliable Evidence with Clive Anderson, You and Yours, Law in Action. Radio 5 live News, ITV News, and LBC News.
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News Articles and Other Publications:

Author of the Domestic Abuse section of Butterworth’s Family Law Service.

Contributor to Resolution’s Consent Order precedents – 2009

Contributor to Resolution’s Family Law Handbook – 2007

Other Relevant Experience

In  2014, 2007 and 2004, David gave evidence to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs and Justice committees on behalf of Resolution in respect of family law.