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Emma Boffey

Emma Boffey

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN
United Kingdom
Languages English

Emma is a Senior Associate in the litigation team specialising in commercial dispute resolution and avoidance.  She is a qualified solicitor in both Scotland and England & Wales.  Emma is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by the Legal 500 2020 and is also ranked by Chambers & Partners.  In 2019, Emma was named ‘Junior Solicitor of the Year’ at the Herald Law Awards. 

Emma’s work focuses on disputes in the commercial, corporate, technology and financial services arenas.  She advises both organisations and individuals, particularly directors, shareholders and senior employees.  Her expertise encompasses contract issues, shareholder disputes, warranty claims, directors’ duties, fraud and bribery offences.  Emma also has expertise in reputation management, including defamation, social media matters, data protection and freedom of expression.  She has worked with many of Scotland’s leading counsel, successfully pursuing and defending a number of claims before the Commercial Court of the Court of Session in Edinburgh.   She has also significant experience in seeking and recalling interim orders, on an urgent basis.  

Alongside her work, Emma leads the CMS Law Scholarships Scheme in Scotland, which helps make a career in law more accessible.  Emma also sits on the editorial board of the UK Supreme Court Blog, which is run jointly by CMS and Matrix Chambers, and profiles all disputes which call before the UK Supreme Court.  

Emma also served as President of the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association from 2014-2016.  She was admitted to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, Scotland’s national academy for emerging leaders, in 2016.   

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Relevant experience

  • Corporate disputes: shareholders in international business facing s994-996 Companies Act 2006 petition, acting at both first instance and appellate level: now the leading authority on unfair prejudice and petitioner misconduct by bribery.  
  • Technology disputes: multi-million £ breach of contract claims concerning digital IT services, acting for leading IT technology business. 
  • Banking disputes: a number of leading UK banks, including mis-selling, misrepresentations, supplier breaches and fraud.
  • Interim orders: successfully pursuing interim orders on behalf of a number of PLC clients. 
  • Reputation management: successfully securing take down of adverse and defamatory comment in both traditional and social media on behalf of a number of UK and international businesses.
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Education

  • 2018 - Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme)
  • 2015 - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Professional Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • 2014 - Notary Public, registered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • 2014 - Admitted as a Solicitor in Scotland
  • 2012 – Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde
  • 2010 – LL.B (First Class Honours, University of Strathclyde
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