Emma Doughty > Slater and Gordon > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slater and Gordon
90 High Holborn

Work Department

Medical Negligence


Emma is a principal lawyer and was promoted to Joint Head of the Clinical Negligence Department for London and Cambridge in April 2017.

Emma is an experienced litigation solicitor specialising in clinical negligence claims.

As a skilled advocate, she has trained for and was recently awarded by the Law Society the Higher Rights of Audience qualification in June 2016, making her a Solicitor-Advocate.

During her career Emma has dealt with a wide variety of complex and high value claims.

These have included securing compensation for clients who have suffered as the result of delays in diagnosis of cancer and other illnesses, amputation cases and injuries during birth and during labour.

Emma has developed a specialism in claims concerning delays in diagnosis of cancer and more specifically in breast cancer.

She is currently one of the two Lead Solicitors running the group action against Ian Paterson (the former breast surgeon from Birmingham who has been convicted of performing negligent and inappropriate surgeries. Emma was mentioned in the Lawyers Top 20 Cases in January 2017 for her role.


Emma began her legal career in 2008 and has been with Slater and Gordon since 2013.


Emma is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has a clinical negligence Law Society accreditation.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

Emma DoughtySlater and Gordon

The team at Slater and Gordon is led by ‘standout lawyer’ Emma Doughty, who specialises in birth and obstetric claims. The team deals with a broad variety of complex, multi-factor cases, often of significant value, including such issues as catastrophic brain and spinal injury, amputation, hypoxia, cardiac issues and psychiatric illness, with misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose often having led to these issues. Its charity involvement has increased in recent years; in 2021 the team became The Brain Charity’s exclusive sponsor at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, as well as reconnecting with Silverlining and joining the panel for Bladder and Bowel UK. There has also been considerable growth in the team, with four new lawyers joining the London office in 2021, including Emily Welstead from Hodge Jones & Allen. Madeline Seibert and Laura Preston are acting on some of the team’s most standout cases.