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Emma Woods
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Emma joined Hardwicke in October 2020 so as to develop her practice in personal injury and clinical negligence as well as professional negligence.  She has experience beyond her call of a wide variety of personal injury claims including those involving issues of fundamental dishonesty, low velocity impacts and credit hire.

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Emma already has significant experience in dealing with a range of hearings, including small claims, fast track trials, stage 3 hearings, disposal hearings and interlocutory hearings including applications.

Emma has dealt with conferences and hearings in person and remotely, including by telephone, Skype/Teams and CVP.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys walking and baking.

Personal Injury

Since starting on her feet in March 2019, Emma has appeared regularly in small claims and fast track matters in the County Court. Her experience in small claims includes:

  • liability disputes arising out of road traffic accidents;
  • dealing with credit hire both for the Claimant and for the Defendant;
  • cross-examining an expert in a diminution of value claim; and
  • cross-examining a Claimant who required an interpreter.

Emma’s fast track trial experience includes:

  • representing a Claimant who required an interpreter and narrowly escaped a finding of fundamental dishonesty.
  • representing a Claimant in a trial in which she was required to make submissions on what constituted an accident for the purpose of the European Communities (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2002.
  • dealing with many fast track trials representing Claimants where the Defendant has made allegations of fundamental dishonesty and/or the impact being a low velocity impact,

Emma has dealt in her own right with interlocutory applications, including applications for relief from sanctions, set aside default judgment, summary judgment, strike out, adding a Defendant and an application for a further stay while the claim was still in the portal.

She has represented Claimants and Defendant at Stage 3 hearings, including cases where claims were pleaded in excess of £10,000, claims involving credit hire, and claims brought by cyclists.

Emma also has experience of:

  • drafting pleadings, providing liability/prospects of success advices and holding conferences with clients with respect to occupiers’ liability and EL/PL claims, including claims brought by prisoners.
  • advising on quantum, including infant quantum advices.

Clinical Negligence

Emma has a particular interest in clinical negligence. During pupillage she gained experience in clinical negligence claims, including:

  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer;
  • Breast surgery errors; and
  • Wrongful birth claims.

Professional Liability

Emma is developing an expertise in Professional Liability.  As well as acting in clinical negligence cases, she also acts for legal professionals, primarily those involved as a result of alleged negligence in the conduct of personal injury/clinical negligence claims.

Qualifications

  • LLM in Medical Law. Distinction. Queen Mary University of London (2018)
  • BPTC. Very Competent. University of Law (2017)
  • LLB. 2:1. University of Bristol (2016)

Prizes and scholarships

  • University of Law Medical Protection Society Prize for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Inner Temple- Winifred Clothier Scholarship, Exhibition Award and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award
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