Emmalene Bushnell > Leigh Day > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Leigh Day
27 Goswell Road

Work Department

Clinical Negligence


Emmalene has been a Partner in the Clinical Negligence team since April 2015, having qualified and joined Leigh Day in 2004. She has over 16 years of experience practising in Clinical Negligence.  Emmalene runs a mixed caseload of high value and complex cases. She has a special interest in obstetric and gynaecology cases arising from childbirth, particularly cases of cerebral palsy and brain injury suffered at birth. She also acts for mothers who have suffered third and fourth degree tears, and vaginal and rectal prolapse as a result of childbirth. She regularly acts for parents of newborn babies who have suffered serious injuries arising out of Group B Strep infection and works alongside the charity, Group B Strep Support.



Trained at Evill and Coleman (now Russell Cooke LLP); Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury; qualified 2004; Leigh Day 2004 to date, practises exclusively in Clinical Negligence; Partner in 2015.  Regularly comments on clinical negligence issues in the media.  Emmalene was interviewed and appeared on BBC news on 23.1.20, East Kent Hospitals: Baby deaths ‘could have been prevented’ and appeared on BBC South East news on 09.10.20 commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s decision to prosecute East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.



AvMA; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Senior Litigator status; Secretary of APIL clinical negligence special interest group and member of Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (FOCIS).


University of Central England (1999 LLB with politics); Chester College of Law (2000 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

‘Inspirational leader’ and ‘absolute marvel’ Suzanne White heads up the clinical negligence team at Leigh Day. The practice stands out for its foundation of female-only partners; the team’s ‘Women’s Rights in Healthcare’ event – which is aimed at pushing policy change – is in its fourth year and brings such prominent issues as domestic abuse, endometriosis, perineal injury and abortion to the forefront of professional conversation. The team’s expertise spans the most complex and difficult cases, including brain injury; spinal injury, led by Olive Lewin; birth complications; and catastrophic and fatal claims, often worth multi-millions in value. In addition, practitioners are active in a uniquely high number of inquests. Emmalene Bushnell specialises in maternity scandal cases, while Maria Panteli notably acted for ten claimants in the high profile Ian Paterson case recently. Other recommended partners include Despina Kavadas and Sanja Strkljevic. The team is developing – the recently promoted Matt Westlake is one to watch, as is recent recruit Amy Chater, who joined from Freeths LLP in April 2022.