Emma Miles

Emma is an expert Lawyer (Barrister) for sensitive types of legal matters which are based on relationships. This may be at the beginning of a relationship, when issues have began to surface, or when it has broken down entirely. These relationships are mainly in the area of family law; however, they can be in any area (employment, business, neighbours etc).

As a Barrister, a large portion of Emma’s work comes to her by way of referrals from other lawyers after negotiations have been unsuccessful. However, Emma is approved by the Law Society to take instructions directly from clients and welcomes your enquiry. 

Although Emma will utilise the Court system where needed, she favours Alternative Dispute Resolution as a means to resolve disputes, particularly if there is a relationship which requires ongoing consideration (co-parenting etc). To assist with this, Emma is also a trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer and is regularly referred work from other lawyers for this purpose. 

Emma attributes her ability to resolve the most complex of emotional disputes to her years of psychological study and mature outlook. She is able to act for clients both where they have agreed the terms of their separation, and in matters where the relationship has irrevocably broken down. Emma is one of a small number of lawyers in the Waikato who specialises mainly in Relationship Property. 

Emma was born in Bristol, England. She moved to Bath, England in her teenage years where she began her journey into her legal career by studying Psychology and Law at the Bath College of Further Education. Emma then attended Bath Spa University and studied a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology before moving to New Zealand in 2000 and completing her LL.B law degree at the University of Waikato in 2011.

Emma has developed, owned and operated, multiple successful businesses over the past 30 years both in the UK and NZ. 

Outside of the law, Emma enjoys spending time with friends or family, enjoying the beauty of New Zealand, or sampling New Zealand wines and her favourite Single Malt Whiskies.

Emma is happy to have a brief no obligation chat on the phone if you believe you may require her services. 


New Zealand Law Society – Waikato / Bay of Plenty Branch
       – Elected Council Member since 2016
       – Convener of the Women in Law Association
       – Convener of the Employment Law Committee
New Zealand Law Society
       – National Friends Panel Advisor (including for sensitive matters)
       – Gender Equality Charter signatory
       – Family Law Section Member
Auckland District Law Society former Family Law Committee Member
New Zealand Bar Association Former Member
ALGA Methamphetamine and Illicit Drugs Advisory Group former Committee Member 
Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Former Member
New Zealand Animal Law Association Member
Graduation with LL.B Law University of Waikato
Admission Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Kayla Miles

Kayla works in the background taking care of all the financial tasks.

Kayla is originally from the UK and emigrated to NZ in 2000. She has over ten years’ experience working in Administrative and Small Business Management roles. Kayla manages her own Business and supports several more businesses in similar roles.

When Kayla is not working, she enjoys spending time with her partner and their four children who are aged between 9 and 15 years.


Small Business Management & Administration
Employment Law Adviser 
       – Operating a Small Business
       – Accounting Principles
       – Business Computing
       – Introduction to the Legal System
       – Law and the Small Business Owner

Mo Bell

Mo is the Legal administrator for Emma Miles Law.

Mo has previous experience in the management of small business finances, customer service, and five years holding office roles within volunteer positions. Mo helps to keep the office running smoothly and is the friendly voice at the end of the phone.

Community engagement is important to Mo. In her spare time she coaches her children’s sports teams, and volunteers within their schools.  She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at her youngest children’s school – Tirau Primary.


Small Business Management & Administration
Diploma in Accounting


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