Emma Gaudern, 43, is a solicitor and managing director of EMG Solicitors based in Durham. Originally from Manchester, she set up home in the North East in 2010 to live with her now husband, Phil. Emma is on the fundraising board for Lumiere 2019, she’s a non-executive director of North East Chamber of Commerce, and she’s also on the Board of Theatre Hullaballoo based in Darlington...

She has two young children aged 5 and 7 and an active Weimaraner who keeps her busy. Emma enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family and dog, and keeping her garden and veg patch in shape.


My husband Phil, my children, my parents (Alan and Ange) and in-laws (Ros and Phil). My fabulous dog walkers Michaela and Arron, who treat my dog as their own and love him as much as I do. And of course my handsome Weimaraner Django, who loves me unconditionally and wags his tail in circles whenever he sees me.


For a weekend > London. So much to do and see. I just love wandering the streets. My husband and I plan to move there when the kids leave home, at least for a few years until we get sick of the bright lights.

A long weekend > I’m lucky enough to be able to get to Majorca quite often, as my parents have a place in Puerto Pollenca. We build sandcastles on the beach and cycle to the old town for a vanilla slice – for an easy family break away, you really can’t beat it.


Favourite food > Halloumi and avocado. I love to cook – particularly Middle Eastern food at the moment – but when I’m eating on my own, my go-to is avocado and mayo on a buttered onion bagel. I can easily eat this four or five nights on the bounce if Phil is away at a car show.

Best restaurant > The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds. We ate there the eve of my 40th birthday and it was the best meal I have ever had. I am booked to go back this year for my 44th!

Perfect weekend > We stayed in Paris for a couple of nights after going to Disneyland Paris last year and it was just brilliant. We found the Luxembourg Park and spent the day there sailing toy boats in the pond and letting the children play.

Downtime means > Walking my dog and ferrying the kids about. They are quite young, which means we have lots of birthday parties to attend, along with the usual array of after school clubs and activities. Family time would be going on a bike ride and ‘me time’ is just sitting with a book.

Best telly > Grey’s Anatomy is a guilty pleasure. The Wire was brilliant too.

Best book > Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey is lovely. I read it years ago but probably need to re-read it some time. The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi was gripping – possibly my favourite crime novel of all time.

Best sounds > Well, as I type this I am on my way to London to see Lenny Kravitz, so he would be high up on my list. These days a lot of what I listen to is governed by the kids in the car which means it is things like Ed Sheeran and George Ezra.


Best shopping city > London, although I also love my home city of Manchester for shopping too.

Favourite shop > I enjoy food shopping these days and Wholefoods in Kensington is just brilliant.

Luxe retail treat > I have decided to embrace my need for specs these days, so I am developing quite a collection of glasses and sunglasses. Specstacular in Shoreditch and Bespoke Eyewear in Harrogate are my favourite shops.


Perfect party > We organise and sponsor the annual WonderLAN Ball in aid of Headway. It’s not a party as such, but it’s such a nice feeling to host a brilliant night in aid of such a good cause.

Best dress > I have a 60s style Moschino dress which is very short, in black with a gold trim. I have had it for about 12 years and still feel fab every time I put it on with a pair of super high heels.

Dinner date > Obviously my husband.


Paperback novels, recipe books, high heels and flip flops, and my laptop, so I can work anywhere, any time.

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