Emily Barker is a leading family law specialist based in Sydney at Marsdens Law Group.

Since her 2014 admission, Emily has advised clients across a diverse spectrum of family law matters including complex financial cases, parenting matters involving serious allegations of family violence and sexual abuse, and de facto matters.

Emily appreciates that for many people, this may be the first time they are interacting with the legal system and that an empathetic advocate is key. 

Emily’s primary aim is to help individuals and families:

  1. To feel confident in the legal process and minimise stress
  2. Reduce unnecessary time delays
  3. Understand legal fees and access transparent pricing 

Prior to her path as a lawyer, Emily had a decade-long career in television as a sports reporter for both Channel 10 and Channel 9 and as reporter on Channel 9’s A Current Affair program. She also had the privilege of working as an advisor to the former President of the Australian Humans Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs.

Emily’s life experience and technical expertise ensures that every client feels empowered and supported in what can be challenging circumstances. She has natural strengths in representing and dealing with complex personal matters. She can cut through to the heart of the facts and reach a good outcome for her clients. 

Emily holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Laws degree at The University of Queensland and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, Women Lawyers Association of NSW and the Law Society of NSW.


Testimonial: May 2020

"Words can’t express the gratitude we feel towards Emily, Thomas and Kaya for their unbelievable support in navigating a complex and stressful time. Your compassion, kindness and genuine interest in helping us combined with serious technical talent and expertise made a hard situation so much easier.  Having had a terrible experience with the first law firm we approached, it was just so overwhelmingly easy and positive from the moment we picked up the phone and spoke to Emily and the Marsdens team the first time. You were always willing to answer our questions, help us objectively see the right way forward and we know that you were genuinely vested in supporting us reach our desired outcome – which we achieved! Not to mention you are all just really wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Patrick & Femke"