Emma Yates

Senior Associate


Emma has considerable experience in many areas of commercial litigation, but has a particular focus on intellectual property litigation. In addition to her expertise in intellectual property, Emma also advises on commercial contract disputes, minority shareholder disputes, warranty claims and professional negligence disputes.

Recent highlights:

  • Successfully defending an injunction in relation to trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Advising a client in relation to copyright issues in the gaming industry.
  • Acted for a large construction company and advised on cross border issues relating to a former employee’s infringement of copyright in the company’s software. The advice included a number of aspects including breach of restrictive covenants within an SPA and an employment contract as well as advice as to whether an injunction was appropriate.
  • Acting for shareholders in multi-million pound minority shareholder disputes. Dealt with many hotly contested interim applications, disclosure and witness statements.
  • Acted for three Claimants in a three week trial relating to issues of fraud and negligence.
  • Dealt with a number of warranty claims and high value disputes relating to earn out provisions in SPAs on behalf of both potential defendants and claimants.

Market view:

Emma is recommended for her "sound commercial approach" - ​Legal 500 2016

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 25/08/2016
    Spotify Negotiates Deals To Prepare To Go Public

    “Rumours regarding Spotify’s initial public offering have been circulating for some time. The value of Spotify is a combination of its brand, technology, and its existing customer base but also, crucially, its right to access and stream content now, and in the future. As things stand with Spotify, there’s no guarantee of the latter. “In order to look attractive to investors, it’s obviously trying to tie down long term license agreements with the big record companies, and if the IPO is to succeed, it will have to do that. “At the moment, Spotify dominates paid streaming. However, its big competitors such as Apple Music and Amazon’s Prime Music are snapping at its heels. “If Spotify can’t tie down its license deals and can’t attract the big names (for example, Frank Ocean’s new album, “Blonde” has just launched amid a lot of music industry hype, and is exclusive to Apple Music at the moment), it may struggle going forward.”

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