Emily Whisker



I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds.

I studied Law at Sheffield University, and completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP in Leeds. I qualified as a solicitor in 2010, having completed my training contract at a Sheffield-based firm. I then spent three and a half years working at a niche clinical negligence firm in York, before joining Irwin Mitchell in November 2014.

Since qualification, I have had a varied experience of dealing with a wide rage of clinical negligence cases including orthopaedic injuries like amputations, delayed diagnosis of cancer, ophthalmic cases and gynaecological cases.

I work closely with Sarah Coles on complex high value claims including cerebral palsy as a result of substandard treatment in obstetric care.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I was attracted to a career in law as I have always believed in standing up for others, and doing what is right. I also enjoy solving problems, and representing others to ensure that justice is achieved. I chose to study law at university, and knew from the outset that I wanted to qualify as a solicitor. I also enjoy working with others and find that by practising in this area of law I can work alongside people, whilst also working in a challenging profession.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role? 

I particularly enjoy working with people, and helping my clients get through what is often a very distressing time in their lives. 

I enjoy helping people reach a successful resolution to their case, whether this is by receiving an apology from the defendant, and, if negligence can be established following our investigations, an award of compensation. It is particularly rewarding when at the conclusion of a case a client feels that they are able to move on with their lives, knowing that all of the issues in their case have been investigated. 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell? 

I enjoy being part of an organisation that combines a challenging, yet supportive environment for all employees with a focus on providing exceptional client care. I also like that the firm supports numerous charities, and the involvement and commitment to these events.

What Do You Do Away From The Office? 

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, eating out, cooking, theatre, cycling and watching cricket.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 08/03/2016
    Coroner Finds Delays In Baby's Delivery Significantly Reduced His Chances Of Survival

    “This is a tragic case of the death of a baby, which could have been prevented. Sarah and Adam have had a distressing time over the last 18 months and they have been desperate to understand the problems that occurred at the hospital during Gino’s birth. “It was extremely difficult for them to listen to the evidence given during the inquest but they are grateful to the coroner for conducting such a thorough enquiry and relieved that the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has now admitted liability for Gino’s tragic death. “Sadly, nothing can be done to change what happened in this case, but Adam and Sarah are hopeful that this terrible experience will lead to improvements in maternity care at the hospital so other families do not endure the heartbreak they have.”

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