Emma Williams

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Emma is recognised as one of the leading professionals in Chancery, Probate, Property and Construction in the Midlands. Amongst her specialisms, Emma practises in Agricultural Law and is familiar with many issues arising from the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 and the recent changes to the legislation. Her expertise in property law (commercial and residential), and probate, means that she is often well placed to provide comprehensive advice upon agricultural matters.
She is recognised by Legal 500 as a Tier 2 Junior in Chancery, Probate and Tax and a Tier 2 Junior in Property and Construction.
Emma’s experience includes:
• Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
• Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995
• Boundary disputes
• Adverse possession
• Breach of covenant
• Injunctive relief
• Trusts of land and estoppel
• Riparian rights
Emma is keenly aware of the commercial considerations underpinning litigation. She is equally aware of the personal impact upon lay clients embroiled in legal disputes.
From her significant experience, Emma has gleaned a sound knowledge of the cases likely to succeed at trial or before a tribunal. Therefore, she is well placed to advise upon prospects and recommends seeking her advice early in matters – ideally, pre-issue.
Her busy court practice consists of trials, interlocutory hearings and disposal hearings and she has a flourishing paper practice in opinions and settling pleadings and applications. As well as the courts, Emma represents clients in tribunals.
Before being called to the Bar, Emma read English Literature at the University of Bristol where she graduated with First Class honours and was ranked first in her year. She was awarded scholarships to complete her legal studies, awards during her legal studies, and, most recently, has been nominated for Junior Professional of the Year twice.
Recent work includes:
- Successfully representing a tenant pursuant to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
- Representing a claimant beneficiary under a trust to obtain an order for sale
- Advising on technical estoppel arguments
- Advising a utility provider as to the operation and effect of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995
- Advising a prospective claimant in relation to a claim for trespass, nuisance and injunctive relief
- Advising a prospective claimant in relation to a claim to title by adverse possession
- Representing a claimant in a multi-day multi-track trial claiming an interest in property under a constructive trust
- Representing a landlord in a claim for possession where an anti-social behaviour injunction was merited given the challenging behaviour of the tenants
- Representing a claimant in relation to a debt claim arising from a construction dispute
- Obtaining emergency injunctive relief where a respondent has threatened to dispose of a property subject to a dispute
Recommendations
Ranked Tier 2 in Chancery, Probate and Tax.
Legal 500 2023
Ranked Tier 2 in Property and Construction.
Legal 500 2023
Ranked Tier 1 in Chancery, Probate and Tax.
Legal 500 2022
Ranked Tier 2 in Property and Construction.
Legal 500 2022
“She provides detailed and considered advice.”
Legal 500 2021 (Ranked Tier 1 in Chancery, Probate and Tax)
Awards
From Wolverhampton Law Society: Highly Commended Finalist Junior Professional of the Year 2016, Finalist Junior Professional of the Year 2017
From Inner Temple: Frank and Burris Gahan Scholar, Exhibition Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award
From the Bar Council: Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition, Second Prize
From the College of Law: No5 Plea in Mitigation Competition; Negotiation Competition;
From the University of Bristol: The Savage Prize, for best overall performance, Dean’s List, Ross Turnbull Prize
From the University of Oxford: Oxford University Access Essay Competition, Second Prize
Qualifications
University of Bristol, First Class BA (Hons), English – ranked first in year
The College of Law, LLB, Upper second, Law
The College of Law, Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent
The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation

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