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Emily Sunderland

Winn Solicitors

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Deputy Head of the Trials Team


Emily is Deputy Head of the Trials Team. The Trials team is a specialist department within Winn Solicitors dealing with high value complex litigation, consisting of liability disputed RTA’s, MIB, EL, PL, OL and multi track cases.

The team consists of 20 solicitors of varying levels of PQE, paralegals and support staff, trained to gain specialist legal expertise and knowledge in civil litigation. The team strive for excellence and their paramount aim is to deliver a high quality service to clients by ensuring staff are fully trained in their specialist field.

Emily ensures the effective management of the team by mentoring and developing individuals on a daily basis to drive the company’s growth. Emily is dedicated to the career progression of individual team members nurturing their professional development.


Emily commenced her training contract at Browell Smith & Co in 1999, following completion of the LPC.  Emily completed the LPC part time whilst working on a full time basis at Browell Smith & Co where she commenced employment on leaving university.

In 2004 Emily left Browell Smith & Co to join Irwin Mitchell Solicitors where she worked until joining Winns in 2009.

Emily has worked at Winns since 2009 and has gradually developed her management responsibility in her time with the company.  In 2015 Emily commenced her current role as deputy manager of the Trials team.


Liverpool John Moores University, 1996 - LLB Hons Law
University of Northumbria, 1999 - Legal Practice Course (LPC)


Supporting Newcastle United, reading, and spending time with the family

North: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Winn Solicitors has substantial expertise handling claims pertaining to road traffic accidents while also dealing with employers’ and public liability claims. As an example for the latter, solicitor Simon Staton acted for a client who sustained a severe crush injury at work from an accident with a fork lift truck. In an illustration of its track record in road traffic accident cases, the team acted for a client involved in an accident where the defendant moved across the claimant’s path when overtaking, forcing him into a collision with a brick wall which led to a spinal injury and soft tissue disruption to the nerve roots. David Burn specialises in serious injury claims involving brain and spinal injuries, amputees, multiple orthopaedic injuries and fatalities. Also recommended are Joanna Amos, Paul Morpeth and trials team head Emily Sunderland. Former practice head and director Ghazala Bashey retired in 2018.

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