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Emma Digby is a Partner and head of the commercial litigation department. She is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer, who is described in the 2019 edition as receiving praise from clients for her ‘down-to-earth and approachable manner and ability to explain things in layman’s terms’. Emma is known for her expertise in commercial and dispute work. Her client focused approach has earnt her a reputation as an effective negotiator who gets results.
Emma is a Partner and head of the Litigation Department at Bell and Buxton Solicitors and has a wealth of Commercial and Litigation experience. She deals with all commercial law matters including Commercial Property and Business Premises, Company and Business Law, Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
Emma has worked in the Sheffield legal arena since 1999, qualifying as a solicitor in 2003, and prides herself on knowing the market inside and out, and has achieved much success in landmark and high value matters. Ambitious, driven and client focused, Emma has progressed quickly through her career, resulting in her securing her first partnership at the age of 29.
In 2011, Emma opened the doors to her own niche commercial and litigation firm, and in just 4 years, built a successful and thriving practice. This was a valuable and informative experience which gave her a huge insight into the day to day challenges business owners face.
Emma joined Bell & Buxton in 2015 and the acquisition of her firm, CLL Solicitors was competed in September of that year. The merger of the two firms saw a strong commercial offering in the city with Emma, Alex Ross and Matthew Rodgers, who offer a holistic corporate advice to their clients.
Emma has a strong reputation amongst her peers and referral network and is well-respected and popular with clients, many of whom she has acted for throughout her whole career. She is a strong negotiator, known for achieving objectives as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.
She has built up a reputation for always considering her clients best interests, the cost benefit of an action and other commercial factors before embarking on litigation. Her approachable, down to earth style and the results she achieves make her a trusted, go to advisor.
Emma is a recognised lawyer in the Legal 500 for both commercial and dispute work.
Defamation Matter – Client agreed to undertake pro-bono for a family.
Following a breakdown to the agreement, members of the family visited the clients’ showroom, threatening commercial damage and went to the press, seeking to cause the client significant reputable damage.
An emergency response was prepared and issued to the press on 3-hours notice, ensuring the client’s viewpoint was published and minimising damage to their reputation.
Property Litigation – Represented a client who had leased commercial premises for a subsidiary business. After vacating, they were served with a dilapidations report. Having considered a report and looking at the poor condition of the building when the client moved in, it was clear the claim had been highly inflated. Significant betterment works had been undertaken by the client and the cost of remedial work seemed significantly overpriced.
Vigorous and stringent negotiations took place and eventually a settlement was reached with a 77% reduction of the overall claim, this was a more the satisfactory result for the client.
Commercial Litigation – Acted for a commercial property developer, involved with a significant build in Sheffield.
After negotiating the construction contracts, collateral warranties required and commercial finance, it became apparent that there were significant delays which caused serious problems, and ultimately pushed back the completion date for the properties. The delays had huge adverse consequences for the client who then had to pay default interest on the commercial finance.
Appropriate advice was given to the client in order to negotiate with the main contractor and settle a claim so that completion could take place and connection of utilities was undertaken.
The client is longstanding and was more than happy with the outcome.
Employee Dispute– The client had a protracted history of difficulties with a main competitor, who had made persistent attempts to solicit the client’s employees, suppliers and customers.
Bell & Buxton were instructed when an employee handed in their notice and rather than serving the contractual 1-month period, left after 2 days. It transpired that they were going to work for the competitor and investigations revealed that the employee had downloaded company information prior to their departure.
A robust presentation of facts saw the employee provide undertakings ensuring the Company information was destroyed and further undertakings were secured from our client’s competitor.
An expensive and protractive injunction application was avoided, which resulted in a successful outcome for our client Company without recourse to the court.
"I found Emma Digby to be very professional, helpful, courteous & she made me feel at ease. I would recommend her to others."
"Very responsive and friendly. Really impressed with Emma Digby."