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Emma Wake

Legal Director


+44 (0)330 045 2155


Emma is a legal director in our construction team and has been recognised in the Legal 500 for her ability in dealing with complex engineering disputes. Emma specialises in contentious construction matters with a focus on supporting clients with dispute avoidance and resolution.

Emma has experience in acting for a range of clients including developers, main contractors, local authorities, educational institutions, and other construction and engineering professionals. Emma is experienced in a dealing with the full suite of construction disputes including defective workmanship, delay disputes, payment disputes, loss and expense claims and professional negligence claims for defective design, amongst others. Emma has a wealth of litigation experience but can also guide clients through other dispute resolution forums such as adjudications and mediations. 

Emma has a background in insurance litigation, having worked for household and commercial insurer clients so is also well placed to assist on any construction insurance disputes.   

Featured experience

Local Authority

Advising a local authority in relation to a £200m+ dispute in relation to the valuation of compensation owed under the termination of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract regarding an energy-from-waste process plant.

Global Manufacturer

Advising a global manufacturer in relation to a £200m+, seven-party litigated dispute arising out of a defectively designed and constructed warehouse facility.

National Developer

Supporting a national developer in defending a £150m+ multi-party dispute relating to a defectively designed and constructed distribution facility.

National Contractor

Supporting a national contractor to defend a multi-million claim being pursued for allegedly negligent professional advice.