Emma Hargreaves


Year of Call: 2012

Emma is going to be an absolute superstar. She is frighteningly intelligent, and one of a rare breed of counsel that cuts across the family and chancery division. She is extremely intelligent, and has phenomenal drafting skills.”

Chambers and Partners

Practice Overview

Emma has a broad commercial chancery practice, with a particular focus on domestic and offshore trust/probate litigation, civil fraud, and company disputes.  She also advises and appears as specialist Chancery counsel in financial remedy proceedings. Emma is often instructed to act as sole counsel in cases in the High Court and the County Court. She is also regularly instructed as junior counsel in large-scale commercial and chancery litigation, both onshore and offshore, and has previously appeared (ad hoc) as junior counsel in the Supreme Court of Bermuda. 

Emma is ranked in Legal 500, Chambers UK Bar, Chambers Global and Chambers High Net Worth.  She was named Chancery Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020 and she was also named in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2019, which described her reputation as "superb".  She is also listed in Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite: Rising Leaders and was  "highly recommended" in Legal Week's Stars at the Bar 2017.

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court has 8 barristers appearing in the JCPC in one of the most important trust cases in recent years

    The matter of Grand View Private Trust Company and another v Wong and others (Bermuda) No 1 and No 2 ... Read More

    News

    Chambers Global Guide 2022

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked as a set in the following practice areas... Read More

  • Events

    Informa Connect & ConTrA 5th Trusts in Litigation Conference 2022

    Location: Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain Read More

    Virtual Conference Session

    Cross-Border Litigation Conference, Cyprus Limassol

    Location: Read More

  • "So terrifyingly bright she can destroy most opponents in about five sentences." "A rising star who really punches above her weight, she will continue to rise in credibility."

    Chambers UK Bar
  • "A super star who punches well above her weight. She has not just a formidable intellect but also is a first-class advocate whose trust/family practice has honed her skill set.

    Legal 500

Education & Qualifications

MA in Law, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, including a year at Regensburg University, Germany (First class)

LLM in International Commercial Law, University College London (Distinction)

BPTC, Kaplan Law School (Outstanding; ranked top in the law school)

Former visiting tutor and examiner in the Law of Trusts at King’s College London

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

COMBAR

Languages

German, French

BSB Registration

Emma Claire Hargreaves

VAT Number

170964588

Prizes

Award for Overall Best Student in the BPTC, Kaplan Law School, 2012

Award for Outstanding Achievement in the BPTC, Major Scholarship, and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance award, Inner Temple, 2011 - 2012

Scholarship, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, 2009 - 2010

Fairest Prize for Law (for best performance in the Law Tripos), Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, 2010

Awards

Chambers and Partners

Junior of the Year: Chancery

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court has 8 barristers appearing in the JCPC in one of the most important trust cases in recent years

    The matter of Grand View Private Trust Company and another v Wong and others (Bermuda) No 1 and No 2 ... Read More

    News

    Chambers Global Guide 2022

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked as a set in the following practice areas... Read More

  • Events

    Informa Connect & ConTrA 5th Trusts in Litigation Conference 2022

    Location: Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain Read More

    Virtual Conference Session

    Cross-Border Litigation Conference, Cyprus Limassol

    Location: Read More