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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.


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

  • 08/06/2018
    Lawyers Give Backing To Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival

    We’re incredibly proud to be lending a hand to the BISF once again, as the festival is a hugely positive and encouraging event that provides vital support to people across the city. “It is an event that also reflects the philosophy of our Don’t Quit Do it campaign and really makes a difference by helping people get involved in sport regardless of their age or abilities. “We would really encourage people to head along to one of the events to have fun and also discover what new sports and other activities they could take up.”

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  • 09/03/2018
    Lawyers Back World Glaucoma Week To Raise Awareness Of Regular Eye Test Benefits

    “At Irwin Mitchell we support people who face eyesight issues so know all too well the devastating effects it can have on people’s lives. “Glaucoma is something that most of us have heard of, but few of us are aware of the very real danger that it presents. Our vision and ability to see is precious and deserves regular checks, which is why our colleagues are supporting World Glaucoma Week’s aim of eliminating glaucoma blindness by ensuring that eyesight tests are put in people’s diaries to catch anything out before it causes irreversible damage.”

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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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