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Emma Rush

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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.


"She cares passionately about her cases and I feel that she puts her heart and soul into doing her utmost to get the right outcome for her client." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

"'Prepares her cases exceptionally well' and has 'very good judgment when it comes to bringing them to a successful resolution'". - Legal 500, 2018/19

She is noted for her "warmth with clients, and good understanding of cases and tactics." An interviewee enthuses: "She is pragmatic but never undersells the client and has a keen understanding of what works and what doesn't." - Chambers & Partners 2018 

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.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 28/05/2019
    Irwin Mitchell Sponsor Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival 2019

    “Every day we assist clients who are adapting to life changing injuries and illness and we see first-hand the benefits that sport provides in helping with their rehabilitation and recovery. “We are proud to support BISF, an event that showcases the range of diverse sporting opportunities for all that a city like Birmingham provides. Boccia is a para-sport event and who knows, there may be a future medallist out there at BISF. We hope excitement surrounding the Commonwealth games in Birmingham in 2022 will also inspire people to come and see for themselves.”

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  • 29/03/2019
    Irwin Mitchell Sponsors Caudwell Children's Birmingham Ladies' Lunch

    “We have a long history of supporting communities and being involved with what’s happening locally is a natural part of our day to day working life. “The support that Caudwell Children gives to disabled children in Birmingham and the West Midlands is extraordinary, and by partnering with them we are continuing our support of a local community cause that we value so much. “I 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. “So I fully understand how vital Caudwell Children’s work is as I’ve seen the many challenges that the parents of disabled children have to overcome. “Knowing that the money raised through the Birmingham Ladies Lunch will support families like those that I’ve worked with is deeply satisfying.”

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  • 25/01/2019
    Birmingham Woman Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer 14 Months After High Risk Test Results Wrongly Recorded As Normal

    “The last couple of years have been extremely upsetting for Hayley as continues to try to come to terms with her diagnosis and the effects of her treatment, sadly including that she will not be able to have children. “We believe that if Hayley’s tests results had been recorded correctly she would have received urgent appropriate treatment, which would have avoided her hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. “We now call on the Trust to ensure it learns lessons from this case so other women do not have to go through the anger and upset Hayley has had to endure following her diagnosis. “Cervical cancer is a treatable disease with a good long term prognosis when it is diagnosed early. It is important women continue to attend regular smear appointments and be aware of the symptoms, and if needed, seek medical advice at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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  • 18/12/2018
    Hospital Trust Admits Liability For Death Of Oxford Woman Left In Permanent Vegetative State Following Post-Operative Complication

    “This is a truly heart-breaking case which has had a tremendous impact on Mark and the rest of the family. “For more than a year Mark and the rest of the family have had a number of concerns and it has now been established that there was serious failings in the care Michelle received. “While nothing will ever make up for Michelle’s death and the pain her family have been left to face, we are pleased that the Hospital Trust has admitted liability. “We urge the Trust to ensure it learns lessons and ensures staff adhere to guidelines the Trust itself has introduced following Michelle’s death, so others are not left to face the pain and anguish that Mark and his family have.”

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