This month, we shine the spotlight on Emma Jennings, Chartered Legal Executive in our Wye Valley Dispute Resolution team. She tells us about…
Where do you live and how long have you been a lawyer?
I live in Herefordshire and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives approximately 25 years ago. I began my career in law 30 years ago.
What type of legal advice do you provide and to what sort of clients?
I advise both corporate and private clients and individuals concentrating mainly on dispute issues surrounding property rights, rights of way, boundaries and easements. This can involve proceedings in the first-tier tribunal of the Property Chamber or proceedings brought in the County Court.
My other main area is providing advice in connection with contested probate actions, advising both claimants and defendants and the executors and administrators of estates.
I advise on contractual disputes and debt recovery, dealing mainly with claims issued out of the County Court.
I also act in professional negligence claims and defend personal injury claims.
What’s your most memorable outcome for a client and why?
The most satisfying outcome for a client is that achieved at trial and where the opponent has been wholly unreasonable throughout and we succeed not only on the claim, but also recover the client’s legal costs.
What is your number one tip for clients?
Always try and resolve any dispute through discussion, negotiation and compromise rather than costly court proceedings.