Emma has breadth and depth of experience within property litigation including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters, boundary disputes, adverse possession, breach of covenant, agricultural matters, injunctive relief, trusts of land and estoppel. She has run and defended matters across all tracks. 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.
Her significant experience in the fast-track and multi-track has gleaned a sound knowledge of the sorts of arguments judges find attractive. Emma is therefore especially well placed to advise upon prospects.
Her busy court practice consists of trials, interlocutory hearings and disposal hearings.
She is happy to receive paper instructions for drafting and advisory work.
Emma regularly accepts instructions pre-litigation and exhorts the benefits of engaging counsel to consider merits at an early stage. Such conferences can be conducted in person or by phone.
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 received substantial scholarships to complete her legal studies and, most recently, has been nominated for Junior Professional of the Year.
Recent work includes:
- 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
- Litigation Assistant, SLC Solicitors
- Junior Costs Drafter, Lyons Davidson
- Gateway Assessor, Citizens Advice
- Social Policy Co-ordinator, Citizens Advice
- Witness Support Volunteer, Victim Support
Literature (especially the 18th century), and music.
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
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
Press and Media
‘Credit where credit is due: reforming a benefit recipient’s first right of appropriation’
www.barcouncil.org.uk, Costs in Focus, 2013, Lyons Davidson, Contributor