Call: 2017

Emma Woods

Practice overview

Emma joined Gatehouse Chambers 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.

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical negligence & personal injury
    • Personal injury

      Personal injury

      Emma is regularly instructed in small claims and fast track matters in the County Court. Her experience includes:

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

      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 Defendants 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;
      • Animals Act claims;
      • Montreal Convention claims; and
      • Fatal Accident Act claims, including helping to research case-law on the 2 year co-habitation requirement.
    • Fraud


      Emma’s experience of personal injury claims involving issues of fundamental dishonesty includes:

      • dealing with many fast track trials representing the Claimant where the Defendant has made allegations of fundamental dishonesty and/or the impact being a low velocity impact; and
      • advising a Defendant pre-issue on the likelihood of a finding of fundamental dishonesty.
    • Clinical negligence

      Clinical negligence

      Emma has a particular interest in clinical negligence. Her experience of clinical negligence includes:

      • delayed diagnosis and treatment claims;
      • breast surgery errors;
      • wrongful birth claims;
      • pressure sores claims; and
      • dental claims.

      Emma assisted researching case-law concerning section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980, where a key witness or party has since died since the date of accident or expiry of limitation.

  • Professional liability

    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.


  • 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


Emma Woods provides note for Practical Law on whiplash reforms


Whiplash Reforms: 10 key points


No duty to warn a cricket match was taking place: Lewis v Wandsworth London Borough Council [2020] EWHC 3205 (QB)



Emma Wood’s article on whiplash reforms featured in Expert Witness Journal


Emma Woods provides note for Practical Law on whiplash reforms


Whiplash Reforms: 10 key points


No duty to warn a cricket match was taking place: Lewis v Wandsworth London Borough Council [2020] EWHC 3205 (QB)


Past events

#HardwickeBrew – When an offer might not be the offer you think it is. Exploring this and other Part 36 conundrums


#HardwickeBrew – The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Witness statements – are you getting it right?


#HardwickeBrew – Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury – There’s so much confusion! I can’t get no relief