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Emma Honey

Emma Honey

Solicitor – admitted 1996

"Emma is an expert in her field and offers sensible commercial advice. She is very good at dealing with lawyers on the other side of transactions."
Chambers UK 2023

"Emma's a fantastic real estate solicitor. Her main strength is that she's very quick at understanding the commercial issues at hand as well as being very precise and clear in her advice."
Chambers UK 2022

"She's very calm, very knowledgeable and experienced, but doesn't need to upsell her ability; her abilities upsell themselves, which I find very reassuring."
Chambers and Partners 2021

"Emma is focused, with a can-do attitude. She is alert to market sentiments and is always commercially proactive."
Chambers and Partners 2020

"Emma Honey and David Howe are always readily available and, unlike competitors in their field, provide proactive commercial advice in a speedy manner"
Legal 500 2020

"She gets things done quickly and efficiently and has a big-picture focus. She's very knowledgeable and goes the extra mile to get the job completed." 
Chambers 2019

"Emma is incredibly knowledgeable, efficient and most importantly commercial in her decision making process, always doing her best to get the job done."
Russell Baldwinson, Land Director, Barratt Homes 


Emma is Head of the Real Estate team. She is highly ranked in Chambers and Partners as a notable practitioner and ranked as a leading individual in The Legal 500.

Emma joined Michelmores in 2000 from London firm Nabarro, where she trained and qualified.

She is a property specialist with a particular interest in commercial and residential development with extensive experience of acting for private developers (both residential and commercial) and Local Authorities in relation to development projects and regeneration schemes.

Her particular expertise in relation to residential development includes site assembly and acquisition, conditional contracts, options, promotion agreements, overage and clawback arrangements, joint ventures, collaboration agreements and infrastructure agreements.

She is also well versed in Landlord and Tenant matters acting for both Landlords and Tenants.

Emma was previously head of the cross-departmental multi-disciplinary Education team that provides extensive advice to a large number of education institutions including state schools and colleges, academies, private schools and further and higher education institutions. She remains heavily involved in this sector and has experience of developing a key advisor role with educational institutions.

Emma was Michelmores' training partner with responsibility for the training and development of our trainee solicitors and has an ongoing interest in training and development.

Recent Experience

  • Advising a residential developer on an option agreement involving complex land-holding arrangements. Emma provided the client with much-needed strategic support to shape the terms of the agreement to facilitate a structure that enabled the delivery of the project goals, rather than simply implementing the heads of terms.
  • Advising a landowner on an option agreement with a residential developer where the landowner did not have previous experience of these types of arrangements and therefore required extensive support in shaping the terms to meet the client's requirements. Emma acted as a Trusted Advisor, putting herself in her client's shoes, and delivering key advice after gaining first-hand understanding of their needs and concerns.
  • Acting for an education sector client in respect of the high-value disposal of part of their estate, conditional on planning permission. The client currently occupied the space and there was a complex interface between the timescales within which they needed to vacate the space and the possible timescales within which the purchaser needed them to do so. Emma worked closely with the other members of the professional team to structure the contract to support the client's estate strategy and maximise the return.


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