Emma Butcher > Clarkslegal LLP > Reading, England > Lawyer Profile

Clarkslegal LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation


Emma is a partner in the dispute resolution team, advising on all types of commercial disputes with a particular focus on property litigation, commercial agency disputes, product liability and public procurement.

Recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500 2023. Emma regularly represents clients on resolving disputes through alternative methods such as mediation.


Property Litigation

Emma works closely with the firm’s commercial real estate team in dealing with landlord and tenant disputes, including contested lease renewals, dilapidations claims, forfeiture and service charge disputes. She also advises landlords on their obligations in relation to their residential property portfolios, including on rights of first refusal, leasehold enfranchisement and right to manage.

Commercial Agency

Emma advises both commercial agents and principals on their rights and obligations under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. She regularly writes articles on this area for AgentBase, a trade organisation for commercial agents.


Emma acts for suppliers in challenging tender awards under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and other associated legislation. Emma frequently achieves strong outcomes for clients including obtaining damages awards, re-runs of tenders, and the addition of parties to framework agreements. Emma gives regular webinars and training in this area

Product liability

Emma has expertise in product liability matters in particular for clients in the automotive sector. Emma advises manufacturers and suppliers on claims brought in negligence and under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, as well as on regulatory responsibilities including product recall.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

(Next Generation Partners)

Emma Butcher

Clarkslegal LLP

Praised for its ‘focused and commercial approach to litigation’, Clarkslegal LLP is frequently instructed by high-end automotive clients on significant and high-profile cross-border disputes. The team is based in Reading and led by ‘great litigator’ Antony Morris. Christopher Tayton, hailed as ‘thoughtful, thorough and balanced’, sports a broad dispute resolution practice which emphasises commercial injunctions and fraud claims. Stephen James is a fellow key contact, notable for his work on contentious construction, employment and insolvency matters. The ‘excellent’ Emma Butcher maintains her strong practice across commercial and property disputes, alongside public procurement and product liability matters.