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Emma is a Director in the Litigation team specialising in all types of property related and development disputes.

Emma’s practice area covers a wide-range of property related disputes, including advising developers, property owners, occupiers, LPA and fixed charge receivers, administrators and liquidators on:

  • Development disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Injunctions
  • Property related professional negligence claims
  • Possession claims (including claims against trespassers and squatters)
  • Nuisance claims
  • Misrepresentation claims
  • Telecommunication Code disputes
  • Injunctions
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Boundary disputes
  • Rights of Way
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Party wall disputes
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Property damage disputes
  • Land registry disputes
  • Property fraud cases
  • Business rates liability and mitigation schemes

 

Emma’s expertise also cover a wide range of commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters including:

  • Recovery of rent arrears
  • Breach of lease claims
  • Tenant insolvency
  • Forfeiture and relief from forfeiture claims
  • Alterations and assignment
  • Illegal sub-letting and use
  • Service charge disputes
  • Dilapidation claims
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Lease renewals (opposed and unopposed)
  • Exercising and opposing landlord and tenant break rights
  • Rent review
  • Statutory and voluntary lease extensions
  • Collective enfranchisement
  • Rights of first refusal
  • Rights to Manage
  • Assured shorthold tenancies

 

Emma has acted on a number of high profile property-related and commercial disputes including CIP Property (AIPT) Ltd v Transport for London [2012] EWHC 259 (Ch), Re Teathers Ltd (in liquidation), Baroque Investments Ltd v Heis and another [2012] EWHC 2886 (Ch), Pedro Emiro Florez Arroyo and Others v BP Exploration Company (Colombia) Limited [2016] EWHC 1699 (TCC), advising the joint administrators on the administration of the English subsidiary of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing and for the successful property owners on the eviction of activities from the so-called ‘Sofia House/Great Portland Street’ homeless squat.

Emma regularly speaks at both external and internal training events and seminars and has published a number of articles and legal briefings on contentious property issues including in leading property publications such as The Estates Gazette and Property Week. Emma is a member of

  • the Property Litigation Association,
  • the Dilapidations Association,
  • Westminster Property Association (and WPA Next Gen),
  • Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Professionals and Young Leaseholder Professionals and is recommended in Legal 500.

Emma is also a trustee of The Art Ministry, a charity providing arts and crafts groups and clubs for children, with and without special needs, and for adults with learning difficulties, adults with physical disabilities, partially sighted and blind adults and adults with mental health problems from across Essex.

Emma joined Brecher in 2014.