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Emma Pein


Public Law and Housing

Emma is a solicitor in the Public Law and Human Rights team.

Emma specialises in housing, homelessness, community care and discrimination law. She advises and represents clients across all residential landlord and tenant matters, including disrepair, unlawful eviction, possession, harassment, and all tenancy-related disputes.

Emma has experience litigating matters in both the County Court and the High Court. She regularly acts for vulnerable individuals, including those who lack capacity to litigate, and is instructed by the Official Solicitor in relation to both housing and Court of Protection matters. She has also acted in cases of significant wider public interest in which national charities have intervened.

Emma adopts a robust approach to litigation and often succeeds in resolving matters without the need for court proceedings. She is committed to supporting survivors of domestic abuse and regularly assists those who are fleeing to obtain safe, suitable accommodation. Emma has a particular interest in housing-related discrimination and has brought cases on behalf of victims of race, sex and disability discrimination.  

Education and Career
  • Emma graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in Law in 2018.
  • She received a distinction in the Legal Practice Course in 2020.
  • Emma undertook her training contract at a Magic Circle law firm.
  • Upon qualification, Emma moved to Tower Hamlets Law Centre where she spent 1.5 years.
Professional memberships
  • Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA)
  • Junior HLPA
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
More about Emma
  • Emma spent six months interning at the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana in 2019 where she represented inmates on Louisiana Death Row.