Client Directors

Business development

Our Client Directors are at the forefront of business development activities.  They are responsible for building relationships, understanding our clients’ business goals and tailoring the DJB service accordingly.

Client Directors work closely with the Account Management Team to allocate matters to the appropriate lawyer.  In addition they pitch for new business from new clients, lead on bids and tenders, act as the voice of the client within DJB and attend client liaison meetings.  The Client Directors are the escalation point for DJB solicitors when help is needed.

Meet the Team

Yvonne Hills - Client Director

Yvonne is a Client Director at DJB.  She is responsible for ensuring we provide the highest standards of client care and legal services to our clients including property investment companies, developers and occupiers.  Yvonne is also a key point of contact to law firms on DJB’s real estate support / partnering initiatives.  She draws on her experience of being a property litigation Solicitor for over 10 years at firms including Mishcon de Reya and Forsters LLP where she provided the advice and representation required to protect her clients’ operational and commercial effectiveness. Having acted for numerous property investment companies, landlords and occupiers on their property litigation needs including lease restructuring, landlord and tenant work, negligence claims and asset management, Yvonne has moved her focus from legal work to oversee our services to clients.

Sue McCormick - Client Director

Sue is a highly experienced Account Director who joined DJB in 2008. After graduating from Southampton University with a degree in German & French, she travelled extensively throughout Europe in a business development and client care role, managing overseas client accounts and subsidiary companies for major UK exporters.

Since joining DJB, Sue has focused primarily on growing and caring for the firm’s local authority client base. Sue works closely with Madeleine Davitt and undertakes the role of contract manager for many of the firm’s key accounts. Sue takes a very proactive approach to developing the relationship with our clients and with the firm’s legal team to ensure successful delivery of our services.

Emma Tonkin - Client Director

Emma is a commercial property specialist with over 17 years’ experience.  She is a key advisor to the leisure sector, having advised clients including the Odeon Cinema Group. Emma has also acted for investors, developers and management companies with mixed use property portfolios dealing with a large variety of commercial property matters. Emma’s expertise includes the full spectrum of estates management issues, acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant work and refinancing.  Prior to joining DJB, Emma was a founding Partner at a boutique law firm in London. 

Emma is a Senior Advocate Member of Real Estate Balance and an active member of the Leisure Property Forum.