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Emma Humphreys, Partner

Emma advises on the full range of contentious property issues, with a particular focus on tenancy terminations, restrictive covenants, rights of light, dilapidations and business tenancy renewals.


Emma advises on the full range of contentious property issues, including insolvency matters, arrears, break rights, dilapidations and 1954 Act renewals. 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 the Estates Gazette and the Property Law Journal. Emma also summarises cases dealing with easements and restrictive covenants for the Property Law UK website. Emma is an honorary member of Arbrix and a member of the RICS Telecommunication Forum. She is also 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 is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Acted on behalf of Arqiva Limited in claims against three mobile network operators, including Everything Everywhere and Orange. The litigation resulted in two successful judgments for Arqiva in the Technology & Construction Court, Arqiva Limited & Ors v Everything Everywhere (formerly T-Mobile (UK) Limited) & Ors [2012] 1 All ER 607 and (2011) 108 (32) LSG 18.
  • Instructed by two investors who bought shares in a company designed to purchase the Pinnacle site in London and who sought the return of their investment or an account of any profit. The case, Abbar v SEDCO Real Estate Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 1414 (Ch), included the challenge of reviewing 12,000 documents in a matter of weeks.
  • Acted on behalf of Osborne (Bournemouth) Limited in relation to its claim issued against Bournemouth Borough Council in connection with the termination of a development agreement. The proceedings were settled following a successful mediation.
  • Achieved success for a landlord client in opposing the grant of a renewal lease to Santander, on the basis of a proposed redevelopment. Both at first instance and on appeal (Santander UK plc v LCP Estates Limited [2018] EWHC 2193 (Ch)), it was confirmed that the test under “ground (f)” of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 had been satisfied by our client’s plans and the building lease granted to Metrobank.