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Emma Rees

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health, Advisory & Litigation


Emma is a Defendant Clinical Negligence Specialist with over 20 years’ experience of acting for the NHS Litigation Authority in the defence of NHS hospitals and staff. She specialises in catastrophic injury claims notably complex birth injury and acquired brain and spinal injury in both adults and children. Her expertise extends to resolution of both liability and quantum issues. 

This year she has successfully managed cases including: 

1: Securing a discontinuance in an adult stroke claim where it was suggested that there was a negligent delay in the provision of anticoagulation which it was alleged would have prevented the Claimant suffering an ischaemic stroke a few days after attending an out-patient cardiology clinic. Following aggressive pursuit of the claim by the Claimant’s solicitors the case was discontinued very shortly before trial. The Defendant’s costs are being sought from the Claimant’s ATE insurers. 

2: Obtaining a significantly reduced damages award in a case involving an avoidable hysterectomy which arose due to an admitted delay in diagnosing cervical smear abnormalities. The Claimant was alleged to have developed a somatoform disorder and complex regional pain syndrome such that it was alleged that she was effectively housebound and required significant care. The exact terms of settlement remain confidential but the Claimant accepted a settlement of less than 10% of the pleaded value of the claim shortly before trial.


  • Mills and Reeve - 1998 – 2001
  • The Lewington Partnership - 1995 - 1998
  • Winter-Taylors - 1993 – 1995


  • Law Society
  • Association of Women Solicitors


  • Solicitor – admitted November 1993
  • BA (Hons)

West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Next generation lawyers

Emma Rees - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP has ‘real excellence amongst at all levels' and 'a track record of achieving results’. Sarah White is ‘a nationally recognised specialist in this field’ with ‘such vast experience that she has usually seen a particular situation which arises before’ and ‘has creative solutions to tricky tactical problems’. She represented George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust on the alleged mismanagement of deep vein thrombosis. She also defended Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Resolution against a claim involving the delayed diagnosis of cauda equine syndrome. Sarah Manning  advised the Medical Protection Society on an orthopaedic hip surgery claim as well as National Health Service Litigation Authority and Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust on a cerebral palsy claim. Jonathan Fuggle  advised George Eliot Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Resolution on a gynaecological procedure claim as well as Southend University Hospital NHS FT and NHS Resolution on a claim of mismanagement of rectal cancer. Neil Ward  defended Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust & National Health Service Resolution against an alleged delay in diagnosing acute angle closure glaucoma. He similarly defended NHS Resolution / Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust against a cerebral palsy medical negligence claim stemming from midwifery care. Simon Charlton has strong capabilities on mental health and governance matters. Other notable names include the recently promoted director Emma Rees , who has experience in birth, brain and spinal injury claims,  and solicitor David Toulmin van Sittert, who focuses on high-value traumatic injuries.

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