Emma Rose Thomas graduated from Swansea University with a 2:1 degree in History. She went on to do the CPE at the University of South Wales before doing the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University where she passed with Commendation.
Upon qualifying in 2006 Emma decided to specialise in family law and worked for a large South Wales firm undertaking both private and public law children matters representing parents, grandparents and extended family members at all levels of tribunal.
In 2008 Emma took an in-house position as an Assistant Solicitor in the Legal Department of a South Wales Local Authority providing advice and representation at Court to the Social Services and Education departments. This allowed her to focus on public law children matters, as well as provide advice to Schools and act as a Clerk to the School Admissions Appeal Panel.
During this time Emma regularly represented the Local Authority at Court and was involved in complex child care matters. Emma has experience of dealing with all aspects of public children law cases including serious neglect, sexual and physical abuse, forced marriage, honour based violence and factitious injury.
Since joining Nicol Denvir Purnell in 2017 Emma has been regularly instructed to act on behalf of children in public law cases and undertakes her own advocacy wherever possible. Emma also represents parents, extended family members and has recently acted for a parent in a matter involving complex issues of female genital mutilation, honour based violence and human trafficking.
Emma is a member of the Law Society Children Law Panel.