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Emma is a partner in our commercial litigation department.

Emma has been a litigator for over 20 years and has a loyal following due to the impressive real-world commercial approach she takes to her cases.

Known for her meticulous preparation, effective negotiation skills and her robust pursuit or defence of claims in court, Emma is proactive, effective and approachable. She has a very loyal following of clients and professional referrers who insist that she is the go to disputes resolution lawyer of choice.

Emma has been involved in law firm management since 2007 and ran her own niche commercial litigation practice until 2015. Alongside her legal career, Emma was also a director of a manufacturing and import business for 16 years. Her hands on experience in running businesses gives her a 360 degree perspective when dealing with her cases. There is little surprise all who work with Emma commend her on her practical and commercial awareness.

Solely focused on achieving the very best outcome for her clients, Emma applies shrewd tactics, a tremendous work ethic and this real life experience to achieve result after result.

Although Emma is known for dealing with contentious matters, she is also frequently  instructed to work with her clients to manage risk and identify possible exposures within their company documentation and business processes. This can include reviewing supply contracts, credit and insurance terms, contracts for services and non-disclosure agreements.

Emma has conducted a wide variety of commercial dispute cases over the years. She has a particular specialism in manufacturing disputes, complex contractual matters and boardroom challenges. This work has led to her dealing with rogue directors, injunctions, freezing orders and detailed and complex expert reports. In the finance sectors she often advises on the enforcement of personal guarantees and also deals with statutory demands, the winding up of companies and the ancillary applications that are needed to protect businesses and individuals who find themselves embroiled in insolvency cases.



Examples of Emma’s commercial experience include:

  • Dealing with metallurgy and expert reports to determine the tolerance of metal and the quality of fabrication of manufactured components.
  • Settling a dispute regarding the reconfiguration of a lubrication pipe within a printing machine and establishing whether this was the cause of a catastrophic failure of the machine.
  • Restraining a senior employee who was working within the aerospace industry who gained alternative employment with a competitor in breach of restrictions within his contract of employment.
  • Negotiating a deed of variation concerning the User Requirement Specifications of a commercial weighing machine.
  • Settling a shareholders dispute where a rogue director was diverting lucrative contracts from her client company.
  • Pursuing a client’s former solicitors for negligence after wrongful advice left her client owing hundreds of thousands of pounds and facing bankruptcy.
  • Pursuing a director and shareholder who had unlawfully transferred shares from her client and was refusing to pay for shares or return them. The shareholders were brothers.
  • Advising a client in the recovery of approximately £1 million following a fraudulent transaction relating to the supply of Goods. Pursuit of assets out of jurisdiction.
  • Advising in respect of a business interruption claim against a household insurer.
  • Representing a client in extremely acrimonious court proceedings between two feuding shareholders/directors. Complex arguments and cross allegations of breaching directors fiduciary duties and contravening the company’s constitution.
  • Advising a charity after they discovered land documents had been fraudulently signed on their behalf. Achieving a swift resolution and providing regulatory advice regarding their obligations to the Charity Commission.
  • Advising a public body in respect of a non-disclosure agreement so that negotiations could be advanced for a multimillion pound development.
  • Advising a shareholder in respect of a breach of shareholders agreement following the loss of an investment in a land development project due to poor project management, loss of financial control and excessive delays.

What people say

  • Emma Digby is a force amongst litigators in the region; she is dedicated, deeply knowledgeable and pragmatic, providing unparalleled legal s!upport for her commercial clients at times of greatest uncertainty for them. She brings her expertise to life by offering practical and effective solutions to complex problems. It is a privilege to be able to work with her – highly recommended

    Legal 500, Client quote

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