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Emma Preece, Associate

Emma specialises in commercial, residential and agricultural property litigation.

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Emma specialises in commercial, residential and agricultural property litigation. Emma advises on a range of landlord and tenant matters such as lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, possession claims, rent arrears and service charge recovery and breach of covenant disputes. Emma also advises on issues arising on lease termination including dilapidations and the exercise of breach clauses (including the validity of break notices, and compliance with break conditions).

Emma has particular experience in dealing with contentious property issues arising from agricultural holdings including the succession and termination of agricultural tenancies, and disputes relating to farm business tenancies. Emma also advises on land registration issues (including rectification and boundary determination – particularly in the context of development land), and on a range of third party and adverse interests in land such as easements, boundary disputes, adverse possession and trespass claims. 

Emma’s clients include large corporations, developers, commercial and residential landlords and tenants, large land-owning estates and high net worth individuals.

Emma is a committee member of the Junior Property Litigation Association in the South West, a member of the Property Litigation Association and Women in Property.

Experience

  • Acted on behalf of a large independent UK consultancy specialising in pensions and investments in relation to terminating the leases of its registered offices by way of numerous break notices served in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong and London.
  • Assisted in obtaining vacant possession of land occupied by a tenant by succession under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 to be developed into an energy park.
  • Successfully defended an application to acquire title to unregistered land on the basis of adverse possession which was legally owned by a large landed-estate and subject to planning permission to be developed into a mixed-use community development.
  • Acted on behalf of an international company specialising in insurance broking and risk management in relation to the termination of its lease for redevelopment purposes. Court proceedings were settled on mutually acceptable terms following our client’s relocation to alternative premsies.
  • Advises pension providers on disputes arising from SIPP owned property including co-ownership issues and claims under the Trustees of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 resulting from rent and administrative charge arrears.
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