Gemma is a partner in CooperBurnett’s Family & Matrimonial department. She qualified in 1996 and, for the last 21 years, has specialised exclusively in family law, acting on behalf of clients in complex financial cases within divorce proceedings, unmarried breakdowns and private law children proceedings.
Gemma has in depth experience in care proceedings, acting on behalf of parents and children and, having been a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, she has developed an interest in the laws around adoption, surrogacy and parental orders.
Through Gemma’s excellent working relationships with the local services and professionals in Kent and East Sussex, her clients have access to the best support and services. She is also a specialist accredited member of Resolution First for Family Law in private law children and complex higher income financial remedy proceedings as well as a trained collaborative lawyer.
Gemma enjoys supporting the local community by undertaking free guidance sessions for people referred by the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and DAVSS, a local domestic abuse charity.
Outside of work, Gemma is a keen walker. She was part of our Race To The King team in June 2023, walking an incredible 100km over two days and helping to raise £12,000 for the children's hospice charity Demelza. She also enjoys long walks with her dog Otto.