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Emma Jones


Emma runs the team working on the contaminated blood inquiry 

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.

What the directories say

Emma is incredibly committed to her clients; she has huge experience and is a very safe pair of hands.

Chambers and partners 2024

Legal expertise  

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.

What our clients say

Emma Jones and her team provided an exemplary service from start to finish, keeping me updated throughout the process and to its conclusion

Gillian Sexton, via Trustpilot

Emma Jones in the news

  • Families sue government for failing to protect care homes from Covid BBC 25.8.23
  • Gosport hospital drug deaths: Three fresh inquests ordered Times 28.6.23
  • Grieving families want Hillsborough-style inquest for 'biggest NHS scandal ever' Mirror 27.6.23
  • Victims and families call for prosecutions as contaminated blood inquiry nears end Guardian 16.1.23
  • Family of victims of Tory Covid care home mistake could be set for £200m Mirror 30.4.22


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Lawyers at Leigh Day say Infected Blood Inquiry final report is vindication for the 300 clients they represent

Lawyers at Leigh Day, who represent around 300 people impacted by the infected blood scandal, say the findings of the Infected Blood Inquiry’s Report are a vindication of their clients’ fight for justice spanning four decades.

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Lawyers at Leigh Day welcome today’s Government announcement that it will set up a new Infected Blood Expert Group

Lawyers at Leigh Day, who represent around 300 people affected by the contaminated blood scandal, have welcomed the news that the Government is to set up a new Infected Blood Expert Group.

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John’s Campaign, Care Rights UK and Patients Association are Core Participants at Care Sector module of Covid Inquiry

John’s Campaign, Care Rights UK and the Patients Association will be represented as Core Participants as the Covid Inquiry investigates the impact of the pandemic on the adult social care sector across the UK.