Emma Pearmaine


Emma Pearmaine is a family and matrimonial specialist. For over 20 years, she has represented clients in divorce and children cases. She has particular niche expertise in matrimonial cases involving challenging business, pension, maintenance and other finance issues.

Emma started her career in Huddersfield and later moved to Leeds to work with clients nationally in her role as Director of Family Legal Services at Simpson Millar LLP. She moved to Ridley and Hall in September 2017 and became Managing director of Ridley and Hall in April 2018. Emma is instructed by clients from across England and Wales.

As an experienced Collaborative Lawyer Emma is a Resolution (First for Family Law) member. She is also an experienced accredited member of The Law Society’s Family Law and Family Law Advanced, Children Law and Ancillary Relief Panels.

As Trustee of the board of Trustees for the London based charity The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Emma is considered to be a go to expert on domestic violence issues.

Chambers and Partners 2017 describes her as: “A specialist in domestic violence cases, ancillary relief and private children law. She wins acclaim for her calm approach and ability to navigate through complex points of law. A recent client enthuses: “I would recommend her to anyone!” “

Emma is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016 for her work in the family law sector.

Clients recommend Emma Pearmaine and she is seen regularly delivering speeches, as Family Law expert regularly giving seminars and training to charities, companies, police forces  and sector specialists. She can often be heard speaking on the radio and is much quoted in the press on this topic as she campaigns to raise awareness about domestic violence related issues.

In 2014 she won the Modern Lawyer ‘Lawyer of the Year’ Award.

Emma is a key member of the Ridley & Hall management team. The Modern Law Award recognised her strong management and leadership ability resulting in the very rapid and expansive development of national Family Legal Services at Simpson Millar. She has brought all this experience and expertise to Ridley & Hall, working with her Partners to develop all aspects of the business.

Emma is married and is the very proud mother of 2 teenage boys. In her spare time she loves to be with her family and friends, she cooks up a storm in the kitchen, enjoys walking the dog in the countryside and loves curling up with a good book.