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Emma Humphreys

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Emma advises on the full range of contentious property issues, with a particular focus on arrears recovery, tenancy terminations, insolvency matters, dilapidations and business tenancy renewals.

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About

Emma also deals with contractual and development disputes, specialising in rights of light, restrictive covenants and Electronic Communications Code issues, including the removal of telecoms masts. Her work is advisory – to avoid and/or settle disputes - as well as involving the conduct of litigation.

Emma lectures widely on property litigation issues and writes for various publications, including EG. Emma also summarises cases dealing with restrictive covenants for the Property Law UK website. Emma is an honorary member of Arbrix and a member of the RICS Telecommunications Forum. She is also the former Chair of the Training and Education Committee of The Property Litigation Association and has sat as a member of the Steering Group of the RICS Dilapidations Forum and the South East Committee of Women in Property.

Emma was ranked in Band 1 for Real Estate Litigation in Chambers 2024 and is recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Emma is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience

  • Successfully defending an application under section 84 of the LPA 1925 by a long leasehold tenant who sought to vary its lease user restrictions.  The decision in Edgware Road (2015) Limited v. Church Commissioners for England [2020] UKUT 0104 (LC) preserved the Church Commissioners’ ability to control the management of their estate. An application for permission to appeal was refused
  • Acting for a world-renowned luxury hotel in an application before the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chambers) to seek to reinstate the protection intended by certain restrictive covenants which were mistakenly omitted from the Land Registry title of a neighbouring business
  • Securing vacant possession of a rooftop of a block of flats in Wembley against a number of telecoms operators, to allow the block to be sold for redevelopment.  Our strategic advice led to the successful conclusion of possession proceedings and a short-term Code agreement for the temporary relocation of the apparatus
  • Advising a variety of landlord clients, including the LCP Group and the owners of Westfield London and Westfield Stratford, on recovering arrears owed by a variety of commercial tenants during 2020.  Our action included CRAR, High Court claims and collaboration with our Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency Team to issue winding-up petitions against appropriate debtor tenants.

Recognition

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Our thinking

  • Property Patter: what can we expect for property law in 2024?

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • All Real Estate Disputes lawyers want for Christmas is...

    Samuel Lear

    Quick Reads

  • The i quotes Emma Humphreys on record rent rises in the UK

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

  • Drone deliveries: Be Prepared

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • The Financial Times quotes Emma Humphreys on UK rental costs

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

  • Property Patter: Top 5 Notice Traps

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Property Patter: the latest on the Building Safety Act

    Richard Flenley

    Podcasts

  • Property Patter: Asia dawns

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • The latest on redevelopment under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Property Patter: Let's talk about sheds!

    Eddie Richards

    Podcasts

  • Property Week quotes Emma Humphreys on the Renters (Reform) Bill

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

  • New review of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954: Acting in the interests of business?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Property Patter: Proving redevelopment under the 1954 Act

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Further provisions of the Building Safety Act 2022 in force on 6 April 2023

    Richard Flenley

    Insights

  • Number crunching times

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • New legislation heralds more change for telecoms

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Property Patter: What can the property world expect from Parliament and the courts in 2023?

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Property Patter: Damages

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Property Patter: Break options in renewal leases

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Property Patter: The Notorious ESG?

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • And the Award goes to...? First decisions published under pandemic arrears scheme

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Property Week quotes Emma Humphreys on the Electronic Communications Code

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

  • Property Patter: Mythbusters

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Reform on the way for the private rented sector

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Emma Humphreys and Paul McCarthy write for Property Week on the new landlord digital ID checks

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

  • Shopping is dropping - but does the government have the answer?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Last chance saloon: the government's plans for pandemic rent debt

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Commercial rent arrears - the burden of the pandemic remains with landlords

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Lockdown rent arrears: the High Court gives its (summary) view

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • How will the commercial property market exit COVID-19 restrictions?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • No cliff edge for tenants - but what's on the horizon for commercial landlords?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Hope springs eternal? Last call for commercial tenants to address their debts

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Whiter than white? Lillywhites look to test their rent liabilities

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • A New Look at CVA turnover rents

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • A New Look for commercial rents?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • A clear direction of travel

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Who will pay for a poorly-considered Bill?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • A coded message - government plans for fair collaboration between commercial landlords and tenants

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • A furlough scheme for commercial rents?

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

  • Government guidance on accessing properties during COVID-19

    Emma Humphreys

    Quick Reads

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