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‘Life-saving’ Stamford lawyer Emma wins award for outstanding work




A lawyer from Stamford who led cases against the disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson has received an outstanding achievement of the year award.

Emma Doughty, who heads up law firm Slater and Gordon’s medical negligence department in London, scooped the award at the annual Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury awards after she represented more than 100 of Paterson’s victims and secured a £37 million compensation fund.

Emma with her award (5787752)
Emma with her award (5787752)

Judges for the awards, which were presented at a ceremony in Manchester last week, said Emma’s efforts had ‘saved lives and changed working practices in the medical
community’.

A delighted Emma described winning the award as the highlight of her career so far and a ‘fabulous’ moment.

The former Stamford High School pupil said: “I was absolutely not expecting the award but it was a lovely surprise and a great honour because it meant the judges thought I had done something to be proud of.”

Paterson, who was jailed for 20 years last year after carrying out hundreds of incomplete or unnecessary operations, worked for both the NHS and private contractors including Spire Healthcare.

Emma explained how this case struck a particular chord with her.

“The law as it stands says that private hospitals can class surgeons who work for them as independent contractors and therefore cannot be held
liable.

“We argued that Spire was liable for several reasons, not least that concerns had been raised about Paterson’s behaviour before.

“Many woman were turned away by other law firms because of the risks of losing but we believed every victim deserved fair compensation, regardless of where they were treated, and that was worth fighting for.”

Emma, who lives with her family in Stamford, was originally told she wasn’t clever enough to become a
lawyer.

However, she proved her doubters wrong in style, passing her Nottingham Law School course in 2013, before heading up Europe’s largest ever action against a single doctor.



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