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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Emma Humphreys

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Retail and leisure, real estate and construction, technology, media and telecommunications; litigation and dispute resolution, real estate.


Emma advises on the full range of contentious property issues, with a particular focus on insolvency matters, arrears, dilapidations and business tenancy renewals. Emma also deals with contractual and development disputes, specialising in rights of light and Electronic Communications Code issues. During 2011, Emma 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. In 2013, Emma acted for 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. Emma is an ADR Group accredited civil and commercial mediator.


Emma lectures widely on property litigation issues and writes for various publications, including ‘Estates Gazette’ and ‘Property Law Journal’. She also edits the reports on cases dealing with easements and restrictive covenants for the Property Law UK website.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Emma Humphreys - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, 'the overall level of service is exceptionally high and advice is strategic but is in line with common sense’. The team attracts high-net-worth and often well-known clients where substantial assets and the need for discretion are paramount. It also handles nuptial agreements and proceedings under the Children Act. Shona Alexander jointly heads the team with Karen Wilsher, who is singled out as ‘an outstandingly good lawyer who has good client skills and is able to build rapport with even the most difficult of clients’. Senior associate William Rollin is a ‘first-rate’ lawyer ‘who can navigate the most complex legal situations’, and fellow senior associate Felicity Chapman specialises in collaborative lawyer and handles both financial and children's issues arising from relationship breakdowns. Emma Humphreys is also a noteworthy individual.

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