People: Bevan Brittan expands property and housing team; Shakespeare Martineau promotes new partner in its Birmingham office

Law firm Bevan Brittan has boosted its property and housing team in the region with two hires.

Senior associate Emma Holmes joins from Anthony Collins Solicitors. She advises social housing providers on all property issues including stock rationalisation, right to buy and residential development. She regularly provides technical advice and training, and works closely with agents to bring stock rationalisation deals to the market and successfully take them through to completion. She also advises clients on large-scale residential development projects including joint ventures.

Aman Guru joins as a solicitor from Gowling WLG. He is a social housing litigation specialist, advising registered housing provider clients on all elements of their housing management function.

He assists clients in settling disputes, including anti-social behaviour, injunctions for breach of tenancy, committals, succession rights, cases for disrepair and general possession proceedings. He frequently advises on proceedings where there are mental health issues, human rights and discrimination.

Both will be based at Bevan Brittan’s Midlands office at Edmund Street in Birmingham.

Bevan Brittan partner Rebecca Pendlebury, who leads the firm’s property practice in Birmingham, said: “I am delighted to welcome both Emma and Aman to the firm. They are a significant addition to our growing legal capability and bring with them considerable experience that will provide our clients with added depths of expertise and continue our commitment to excellent client service.

“They will be joining a strong and expanding housing and property legal team that blends technical excellence with local and market knowledge, and supports a wide range of clients involved in regeneration and development in Birmingham and the wider region.”


Shakespeare Martineau has promoted Emma Bryant, who is now an associate partner in the corporate team in the Birmingham office.

Working with clients and corporate support lawyers, Bryant advises on complex transactions, mergers and acquisitions for a number of national and international clients.

Bryant combines technical knowledge and a practical approach to helping businesses meet their corporate goals, ensuring she unlocks the potential of all her clients, consistently providing commercial and practical advice.