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Emma Yates

Senior Associate Solicitor


Emma has considerable experience in many areas of commercial litigation, but has a particular focus on intellectual property litigation, defamation and reputation management. Emma also advises on image rights protection as well as commercial contract issues. Emma has extensive trial experience but is also adept at providing tactical advice to help her clients avoid litigation.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2005.

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 a large company in relation to its claim against an individual who is defaming its employees over many social media platforms.
  • Acted for various well-known individuals in relation to the protection and exploitation of their image rights.
  • 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

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    “The Leeds Digital Festival has grown significantly since starting in 2016 and we’re delighted to be involved with an event which provides a lot of insight and discussion around some really important issues affecting digital companies.”

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  • 16/08/2018
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    “The retail sector is a key driver for economic growth here in the UK and these latest statistics highlight the challenges being faced. “Footfall data is showing a general decline but at the same time there is a significant increase in online shopping. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, and retailers must constantly invest and innovate to remain relevant and adapt to the new consumer. Retailers, for example, need to embrace both experiential and omnichannel retail to encourage interactions with consumers. Providing quality unique experiences to consumers and ensuring online and offline presences are joined up will be vital to the future of many retailers in the coming years.”

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  • 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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