Emyr was junior counsel, with Winston Roddick QC, for Pembrokeshire CC in the first special assembly procedure proceedings to reach the National Assembly of Wales in 2008. Pembrokeshire challenged Welsh Government's decision to promote a 2 + 1 road configuration for the A40 Robeston Wathen bypass on the grounds that a full dual carriageway was safer and provided better value for money. He Led and cross examined all the economic and traffic evidence.
Between July 2015 and March 2018 Emyr was instructed as a junior to Morag Ellis QC as part of the Welsh Government team promoting 24km of new motorway around Newport. The public inquiry sat for 83 days. Emyr led and cross examined most of the evidence relating to economics, traffic, carbon, air quality, noise, water quality, flooding and agriculture.
Emyr acted alone for the Welsh Government in promoting the dualling of sections 5 and 6 of the A465, some 18 km of road, through a 6 week public inquiry which culminated in May 2018.
He is instructed as junior to Tim Corner QC to represent the Welsh Government in the forthcoming DCO examination into the application to develop a new nuclear power station on Anglesey.
Emyr has a thorough knowledge of the legal, technical and procedural aspects of promoting road infrastructure and relishes getting to grips with and cross examining the expert evidence.
He has considerable experience of town and village green work having been appointed to act as inspector by numerous Commons Registration Authorities as well as appearing as an advocate for applicants and objector landowners.
Emyr has undertaken a wide range of work relating to commons including:
- conducting private law litigation in the county court and the Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal in respect of adverse possession claims to common land, claims in trespass/nuisance and claims relating to unauthorised development and fencing;
- advising the Welsh Government in respect of applications to deregister common required to facilitate major developments e.g. Circuit of Wales motor racing project, Mynydd y Gwair windfarm;
- advising the Welsh Government and local authorities in respect of the acquisition of common land required to enable the construction of highways.
Emyr has acted for parties in private law nuisance claims relating to subsidence, water penetration and flooding e.g. he recently advised and represented the Welsh Government at a mediation staged over a number of days in respect of claims and cross claims arising from the flooding of some 120 new homes at the Glasdir Estate in Ruthin.
He has undertaken advisory work in respect of the environmental and property aspects of Coal Bed Methane extraction.
Emyr has advised and represented local authorities on various planning matters, judicial reviews and property related litigation including whether exclusivity rights granted to tenants offend the Competition Act 1998.
He has conducted a great deal of highways and public rights of way work for local planning authorities and landowners such as:
- appearing as an advocate in inquiries into modifications of the Definitive Map;
- advocacy work in Magistrates and Crown Courts relating to matters such as the maintenance of highways, the stopping up and/or diversion of highways and obstruction of highways;
- advisory work with regard to Traffic Road Orders;
- judicial review work relating to highways e.g. Trail Riders Fellowship v Powys CC  EWHC 3144 (Admin) (challenge to the legality of temporary traffic regulation orders TTROs made against the background of section 56 proceedings in the Crown Court)
Emyr has regularly represented local planning authorities in inquiries relating to wind farms and residential development. He appeared in the first solar farm appeal in Wales.
He has undertaken sundry enforcement appeals for local planning authorities and landowners e.g. Evans v Bridgend CBC  PAD 21. A recent example is a 3-day inquiry in January 2018 on behalf of the owner of a large cyclo-cross track in Carmarthenshire.
He has advised national housebuilders and local authorities on the construction of section 106 agreements.
He has advised the Welsh Government and local authorities re listed buildings and minerals and undertaken related judicial review work e.g.
R (on the application of Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd) v Welsh Ministers  EWHC 482 (Admin) (challenge to the Welsh Government's confirmation of a CPO and of an earlier section 55 notice for the reimbursement of urgent works regarding the Grade II* listed Asylum in Denbigh; case dealt with allegations of fraud and the relevance or otherwise of a bank bond)
Payne v Caerphilly CBC  RVR 66 (claim for compensation for compliance with stop notice re old colliery waste tip when enforcement notice later quashed; determined that the meaning of a planning permission was subject to res judicata and that no entitlement to compensation)
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Emyr has acted for landowners impacted by the compulsory purchase of land, especially regarding new roads, at the acquisition stage and at the compensation stage. As to the former he acted for a number of landowners affected by the Church Village by-pass. Examples of compensation work include acting for the owners of the former EMAG factory whose land was taken for section 2 of the A465, see Mintblue Properties Ltd, Re Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)  UKUT 172 (application for certificate of alternative development for residential development without affordable housing) and for various businesses affected by the A40 Robeston Wathen bypass.
Emyr advised the Welsh Government in respect of a large number of compulsory acquisition and compensation matters when promoting the M4 corridor around Newport and sections 5 and 6 of the A465.
Property, Chancery and Chancery Litigation
Emyr has been recognised as a leading property, commercial and chancery practitioner on the Wales and Chester Circuit for over 10 years. He has advised on and appeared in cases dealing with:
- contractual disputes in the commercial and TCC lists of the Business and Property Courts;
- rights of way;
- restrictive covenants;
- constructive and resulting trusts;
- proprietary estoppel;
- disputed wills;
- construction of wills and trust instruments;
- Inheritance Act 1975.
He has successfully pursued and resisted applications for interim remedies such as property preservation orders, freezing orders and search orders and is tactically adept at their deployment.