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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

  • Standard of repair put to the test - Estates Gazette Q&A

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Modifying covenants: the limits of section 84

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Property Patter: Spring Budget 2024

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • The Evening Standard and Daily Mail quote Emma Humphreys on Jeremy Hunt's 'one percent deposit' plans

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

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

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Restrictive covenants: Muskwe & Anor v Cochrane [2023] UKUT 262 (LC)

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

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

    Samuel Lear

    Quick Reads

  • Restrictive covenants: Naidu & Anor v Morton & Ors [2023] UKUT 185 (LC) (01 August 2023)

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Restrictive covenants: Modification or discharge of covenants under Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

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

    Emma Humphreys

    In The Press

  • Property Patter: the latest on the Building Safety Act

    Richard Flenley

    Podcasts

  • Restrictive covenants: Modification or discharge of leasehold covenants under Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 to allow for the redevelopment of a development site from warehouses into residential housing

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • 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

  • Restrictive Covenants: Modification of restrictive covenants under section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 to allow affordable housing

    Emma Humphreys

    Insights

  • Property Patter: Asia dawns

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

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