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Emma Banister Dean


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Emma is a highly experienced commercial litigator in our Dispute Resolution team. She is based in the firm's Oxford office.

"Emma Banister Dean is well versed in acting for academic institutions, businesses and individuals in defamation and data protection matters".  
Legal 500 UK 2017

About Emma

Having trained and qualified in London, Emma practised commercial litigation law at well-known regional firms before joining Royds Withy King in February 2018.

A highly experienced litigator, Emma represents commercial and education sector clients and has a particular specialism in data protection, education law and heavyweight commercial litigation. Chambers & Partners guide to the legal profession commends Emma for her “determination to achieve the best outcome for clients.”

Emma’s areas of expertise include:

  • commercial litigation
  • defamation and reputation management
  • intellectual property matters (both contentious and non-contentious)
  • education law
  • data protection law, including the General Data Protection Regulation.

Emma’s recent experience includes:

  • successfully defending a claim for breach of a settlement agreement through to the Supreme Court, despite large fighting fund set aside by a union backed claimant
  • gathering evidence in the UK for a multi-billion US dollar claim following collapse of an international bank
  • enforcing copyright for a multi-national digital music provider and obtaining licence fees for the unauthorised use of digital music
  • representing an education sector client in the successful resolution of a complex complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

I enjoy the challenge of quick thinking and problem solving required by my role. It is extremely rewarding to be trusted by my clients to promote their best interests and to deliver the solutions that they need.

Emma Banister Dean

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