Jemma is a professional support lawyer in the divorce and family team.
Jemma provides fellow lawyers with high level legal research and technical advice, and manages their continuing professional development. She joined the team as a professional support lawyer in 2010.
Jemma has specialised in family law since qualification in 2002. She joined the family team as an associate in 2003, and spent 4 years working on a wide variety of cases including international matrimonial finance, private law children work, cohabitation cases and pre nuptial agreements.
Me in a minute
I only ever wanted to practise family law
I remember being surprised at law school that most people had not made a decision as to which area of law to specialise in. I only ever wanted to practise family law. I was drawn by the combination of skills required - as well as technical knowledge, it is so important to understand the emotions involved.
Now that I am a professional support lawyer, I enjoy keeping the department up to speed with developments in the law - family law is constantly evolving and so there are always opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding. Each month the professional support lawyers host a departmental meeting to discuss new cases and pool ideas and recent experiences - it is a great opportunity for lively debate and discussion and a definite highlight in my working calendar.