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 human rights claims against treatment and care individuals receive in hospitals, schools and in social care settings, false imprisonment and assault claims, actions against the police and public law challenges.
Emma runs the team working on the contaminated blood inquiry and represents over 260 core participants. She is also running an Equality Act/Human rights claim in relation to the difference in the ex-gratia payments provided to those who contracted HCV as a result of receiving contaminated blood and those who contracted HIV.
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
Emma has been instructed on cases such as:
- Group claims against Trusts such as Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (over 150 individuals) arguing breaches of patients human rights and in negligence in respect of their treatment and care
- Individual claims arising from poor treatment and care older individuals have received in hospitals or social care settings
- A group action on behalf of children who received poor treatment and care whilst pupils at a residential school
- A challenge against the CPS in relation to the dropping of charges of the rape of a girl with ASD
- Cases in which women have been unlawfully detailed in Yarlswood IRC and received poor medical treatment
- Inquests that raise Article 2 issues
- Claims on behalf of school children whose human rights have been breached
- Cases arising out of local authorities failure to use their s20 powers correctly
- Equality Act group claim on behalf of 300 individuals who received contaminated blood through NHS treatment.
Emma is a member of APIL, a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the NAS legal network group.
Practical and very knowledgeable
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