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Emma Rush



I am a Partner within the Medical Negligence team in our Birmingham office and I have worked for Irwin Mitchell since 2007.

I act exclusively on behalf of clients in clinical negligence cases, helping people bring claims against NHS Trusts, GPs and private practitioners. I have a varied caseload including cases resulting in amputations, poor outcomes from cosmetic surgery and cases leading to fatalities.

I have a particular interest in obstetric/gynaecology cases and have represented many families where children have been left with significant disabilities and in need of lifelong private care due to injuries sustained at birth.


Emma Rush has "sound judgement" and "wonderful ability to multi-task." - Chambers & Partners 2017

"She is very tenacious and a brilliant negotiator with the defendants. She is organisationally brilliant, which is important in these cases where everything has to be lined up and set in order." - Chambers & Partners 2017 

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I really wanted a career which would mean I was interacting with people constantly, and hopefully making things better for them. I had thought of becoming a vet but I am allergic to cat hair so concluded against that idea.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Absolutely the most rewarding part about my work is when settlement is achieved and a client is able to use the funds secured to make a real difference to their rehabilitation and future life. 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The best thing about working for Irwin Mitchell is its people. I work with an extremely talented team of clinical lawyers and we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. In addition, everyone here is extremely friendly and coming to work is a joy, not a chore.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Outside of work I love music and attending music concerts. I enjoy decorating although I do this infrequently. I also love travelling and try to visit a new country every year.

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  • 03/05/2017
    Disability Sport Champions Irwin Mitchell Support Birmingham Inclusive Sports Fest

    “We represent a large number of clients who have suffered life-changing injuries, and have seen how involvement with disability sport can aid rehabilitation and improve quality of life. Through our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign, we want to help as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. “The Birmingham Inclusive Sports Fest is a fantastic event for the city, with an enormous range of activities on offer. We’re proud to partner with the festival, and hope that it will inspire disabled people of all ages and backgrounds to try out an exciting new sport for the first time.”

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  • 06/12/2016
    Parents Of Baby Who Died Following Traumatic Delivery Hope For Answers At Nursing And Midwifery Council Hearing

    “Losing a child in any circumstance is the stuff of nightmares, but losing a baby and not knowing why has deeply affected Lauren and Robert, especially during the birth of their second child, Betsy, in December 2013 and their youngest child, Edith in November 2015. “Nothing can turn back the clock for them, but it is important for them to have answers as to why Rupert died so they can try and make sense of their loss and heal as best they can for the sake of their own health and for their young family. “The NMC hearing will hopefully provide them with those answers.”

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  • 22/09/2016
    Settlement For Family Of Man Who Died Following Treatment By Surgeon Suspended After Concerns Over His Abilities

    “We were deeply concerned to have learned of more people who have tragically lost their lives following treatment they received under Professor Berry. “We have previously represented a family in Wales with similar cases and we learnt that there were eight avoidable deaths within just 18 months after an investigation carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) about his time employed by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. “Dennis’ wife Jean has been left devastated by her husband’s unexpected and unavoidable death, but was forced to wait eight years before University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust admitted liability and settled the case. “We hope that this case has highlighted issues within the Trust which allowed this surgeon to continue treating patients when there was clearly concern over his methods. It certainly raises questions about how Prof Berry was able to continue practicing for so long despite a significant number of deaths following his care.

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  • 13/10/2015
    Two East Midlands Families Take Legal Action After Loved Ones Die After Surgery By Prof David Berry

    “We are deeply concerned to learn that more families of people who have tragically lost their lives are concerned about the treatment they received under Professor Berry. “We have previously represented families in Wales with similar cases and we learnt that there were eight avoidable deaths within just 18 months after an investigation carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) about his time employed by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. “Our clients Andrew Lovell and Jean Setchell, and no doubt the other families who have lost loved ones, now deserve quick and transparent information from the NHS Trust about the treatment they received. They want to know if there were mistakes made during their loved ones care and whether action is being taken to improve patient safety and prevent any further avoidable deaths. “We will now continue to work with Dennis’ and Anne’s families to gain the answers they need and deserve so they can begin to come to terms with their loss.”

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