Emma Warren > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Real Estate


Legal Director 


Emma is a Legal Director in the Real Estate Team. Emma has experience of a wide range of commercial real estate transactions in both the public and private sectors.

Emma specialises in energy, waste and infrastructure projects, she advises clients including funders, landowners and developers on the real estate aspects of these projects. Emma also advises private and public sector clients within the health, education and energy sectors.



  • AD developer: Advising an AD developer and its funders in connection with 11 projects to construct and operate anaerobic digestion facilities.
  • Biomass developer: Advising a client in relation to developing a new biomass plant which will convert recovered wood into electricity through a gasification process.
  • Private landowners: Advising private landowners in connection with energy and infrastructure projects including a private landowner looking to grant cable easements for a proposed AD plant which included securing bank performance bonds for the significant easement payments being made to our client over a period of time and a private landowner affected by a proposed electrical interconnector project.
  • National waste management company: Advising a waste management company on the sale of a landfill site conditional on the transfer of the Environment Agency permit to the buyer, replacement bonds being put in place and third party consents being obtained due to existing lease arrangements needing to be transferred to the buyer.
  • AD developers: Advising private landowners looking to develop AD facilities on their farms for which funding is required including creating a suite of bankable property documents to enable funders to provide loans to the projects.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Residential development, energy and waste, and social housing are three of the key sectors for Ashfords LLP South West real estate practice with offices in Exeter and Bristol. The firm sports a highly specialised set of practitioners: Practice heads Tim Heal and Kate Topp provide expertise in large-scale residential-led development; Paul Butterworth focuses on housing and regeneration; energy and waste are handled by Emma Warren; and Andrew Worley covers the team’s franchising offering. Simon Bailey is a go-to contact for transactional matters, and was promoted to partner in September 2021 alongside health and charity sector expert Ben Tarrant. Robin De Wreede joined the firm at the beginning of 2021 from Davitt Jones Bould and brings to bear experience spanning regeneration and development projects, acquisition and disposals, and landlord and tenant matters.