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About Emma

Emma specialises in residential development and social housing working with private developers, regional and national housebuilders and regional and national registered providers of social housing.

Emma has extensive experience in all aspects of development work and has been central to some of the key strategic land assemblies, joint ventures and site acquisitions in the South. She was formerly the sole external legal adviser to the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH).

Emma is a recognised ‘Leading Individual’ and expert in social housing development by the Legal 500 with a caseload covering sites across the south coast from Brighton to Plymouth.


  • Development

    Advising housebuilders on all aspects of development work

  • Social Housing

    Acting for registered providers of social housing including management agreements and leasing arrangements

  • Site Planning

    Exception site planning policy and rural housing

  • Infrastructure Agreements

    Planning and infrastructure agreements

  • Joint ventures and development agreements

  • Strategic land assembly

  • Options and overage

  • Bank financing of development schemes

  • Social housing stock transfers

  • Site set up and disposals of developed land or land for development

In Practice

  • Acquisitions

    Acquisition of a factory site for a registered provider of social housing to provide employment to those in housing need

  • Negotiation and settlement of planning

    Negotiation and settlement of planning documentation relating to the demolition of a listed building and erection of units of affordable accommodation including associated infrastructure

  • Acquisitions for Landmark Sites

    Acquisition of a landmark site from a development company to promote local housing needs and development in the Poole area

  • Social Housing

    Setting up new office premises for a registered provider of social housing

  • Acquisitions

    Acquiring 76 units of affordable accommodation off plan from a national housebuilder

  • Development Agreement

    Advising on a development agreement and subsequent letting arrangement between a local council and registered provider of social housing acquisition of strategic land for housing development for a local housebuilder

  • Release of Right

    Negotiating the release of rights of light for a regional housebuilder

Recommendations for Emma

"You are wonderful. It’s been a bit like herding cats to get all the other parties in line and get everything sorted, but well done for perseverance we have got there which is a great relief and a good outcome. My normal experience with lawyers is that they are really slow and unresponsive. I have never met a solicitor like you, you are amazing. We would never have got through this if you had not been at the helm pushing for us. Thank you."

Business Client, Bournemouth

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