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Emma Doughty Joint Head of Clinical Negligence, London & Cambridge

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Emma is a clinical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London. She is joint head of the clinical negligence department in London and Cambridge.

Emma is an experienced litigation solicitor specialising in clinical negligence claims.

As a skilled advocate, she has trained for and was recently awarded by the Law Society the Higher Rights of Audience qualification in June 2016, making her a Solicitor-Advocate.

During her career Emma has dealt with a wide variety of complex and high value claims.

These have included securing compensation for clients who have suffered as the result of delays in diagnosis of cancer and other illnesses, negligent surgeries and injuries during birth and during labour.

She has developed a specialism in claims concerning delays in diagnosis of cancer and more specifically in breast cancer.

Emma is the lead solicitor running the Paterson litigation. On 13 September 2017, Emma successfully negotiated settlement of a £37 million global settlement which encompassed over 750 claims and made provision for recovery of compensation for future claimants. The settlement was approved by the Court, allowing hundreds of claimants to finally receive compensation for their injuries. Mr Paterson’s patients treated in the NHS have long since been compensated and Emma has been instrumental in ensuring that private patients have also achieved justice and for bringing the issue of private sector regulation and patient safety to the forefront of media attention. It is hoped that this litigation will result in a public inquiry.

Emma recently appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Five and ITN discussing the Paterson settlement and was quoted in The Telegraph and the Independent.

She has been recommended by the Legal 500 who have said 'Emma is committed, intelligent and hardworking and has experience in a variety of complex and mid-high value cases including amputation claims, surgical error and fatal claims; she has also developed a particular specialism in cancer and obstetrics.'

Emma has been shortlisted for Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards 2017:


Career history

  • Since 2013 Slater and Gordon 
  • 2008 - 2012 Wilkin Chapman 
  • Bristol University 
  • Nottingham Law School

Legal commendations

  • Legal 500, 2017 Recommended Lawyer: Emma is "committed, intelligent and hardworking."

Recent Testimonials for Emma Doughty

“Very professional and understanding. Pleased and relieved with the outcome after a very distressing time.”

Mrs L, Birmingham

“Just a quick thank you for the professional advice given by you over the period of my claim - I will have no hesitation of recommending you to anyone.”

Ms. K, London

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