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Emily Wood

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DMH Stallard LLP

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Real estate dispute resolution.


Emily is a partner in the real estate dispute resolution group and is based in the firm’s Gatwick office. She has more than 14 years of experience working on a wide range of complex and volume commercial real estate dispute matters and has acted for a variety of private and public sector clients including local authorities, developers, hotel operators, retailers, educational institutions, pension funds, investors and not-for-profit organisations. Emily’s property management expertise encompasses dealing with contested dilapidation claims and 1954 Act renewals, service charge disputes and possession claims, and she also has significant experience in development related issues including advising on restrictive covenants, conditional agreements, rights to light, overage disputes and enforcement of contractual obligations. Her current workload includes acting for a national housebuilder in a significant dispute with an utility company, and for a national bank on its application to the Upper Tribunal seeking compensation from a local authority. Emily prides herself on her commercial, responsive and measured approach to matters.


Trained Finers Stephens Innocent; qualified 2001. Prior to joining DMH Stallard at the end of 2014, Emily worked for 13 years in the real estate disputes team at CMS Cameron McKenna. Partner DMH Stallard 2014.


Property Litigation Association; Property Litigation Association Law Reform Committee.

South East: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Emily Wood - DMH Stallard LLP

Within: Property litigation

DMH Stallard LLP's property litigation team has firmly established itself as 'a leading player in the South East and more than able to compete with London outfits'. The practice has a deep and varied arsenal of property litigation specialists, with notable expertise in business ratings cases and property-related professional negligence cases.In an illustration of its track record in business ratings, cases, the practice acted for Cardtronics Europe before the Court of Appeal in an appeal against a determination that external facing ATMs should be separately assessed for business rates purposes from the premises in which they are situated. The practice also acted for the freehold owner of an industrial estate in potential remedies against the waste occupier of part of the site following the occupier's prosecution by the Environment Agency after it was found to be operating in breach of planning requirements. Emily Wood heads the property litigation practice, which was further strengthened by the merger in 2017 with Rawlison Butler, which brought on the 'brilliant' Vanessa Joll, who is 'extremely client focused, easy to work with and hugely effective'. Other key figures include real estate head Tina George, who has particular strength in collective enfranchisement cases; and senior associate Kristine Ng, who is 'a star in the making'.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

DMH Stallard LLP's social housing practice has established 'a well-deserved reputation for quality of service and approachability'. Its expertise spans the full spectrum of housing management services, from possession claims and anti-social behaviour matters, to disrepair claims and public law and policy advice. It also provides acquisition, regeneration and development advice to clients including registered providers and local authorities. Emily Wood acted for a local authority client in a claim for possession of a three-bedroom house following the death of the tenant, but which was occupied by the tenant's daughter and her adult son. Other key mandates included acting for Orbit Group on the acquisition of the affordable housing element on a mixed joint venture scheme, and acting for Golding Homes on the acquisition and construction of affordable housing dwellings as part of a larger housing development site. Tina George is also recommended.

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