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Emma Jones


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I personally would like to thank you for the advocacy you do on behalf of powerless and so often helpless people who have been violated whilst at their most vulnerable.  You make a worthwhile contribution to our world, there is more justice in it because of you. – Client of Emma Jones
Practical and very knowledgeable – Legal 500 2107

Emma Jones joined Leigh Day in October 2000.  She completed one year of her training contract at the specialist mental health firm Scott-Moncrieff Harbour and Sinclair and one year at Leigh Day. 

Emma spent six months training with Sarah Leigh and then moved to the human rights department.  She qualified in October 2002 and remained a member of the human rights department until March 2007.  She then moved to Mind, the mental health charity, where she was head of legal.

Emma returned to the human rights department at Leigh Day in September 2009, at which time she worked on bringing the Stafford Hospital group claims.  She now specialises in abuse claims including claims on behalf of children, adults who were abused in childhood, and the abuse of elderly individuals, human rights claims against hospitals, false imprisonment and assault claims and public law challenges.

Emma has assisted on and been instructed on cases such as:
  • A group action on behalf of learning disabled children sexually and physically in their residential care home
  • A group action on behalf of children who were abused whilst pupils at a residential school
  • A group action on behalf of individuals who were abuse by their psychiatrist whilst they were attending outpatient appointments at the Priory
  • A challenge against the CPS in relation to the dropping of charges of the rape of a girl with ASD
  • Abuse of a learning disabled young woman who was sexually abuse in her residential placement and at the day care setting
  • Abuse of a young man by coaches at his football placement
  • Group claims against Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (over 120 individuals) arguing breaches of patients human rights and in negligence in respect of their treatment and care

Emma is an accredited APIL litigator, a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association, a member of the Child Abuse Special Interest Group (SIG) and the NAS legal network group.


Key cases


  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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