New 1COR appointments to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel - Aug 2023
Emma-Louise Fenelon is recommended as a Leading Junior by Chambers and Partners and as a Rising Star by the Legal 500. She has a broad practice and is sought after for her experience particularly in sensitive and challenging cases. Emma has expertise in Inquests, Public Inquiries, Clinical Negligence, Child Abuse Compensation, Personal Injury and Human Rights.
Emma acts for a wide range of clients including claimants, bereaved families, NHS Trusts, individual doctors, companies, charities and NGOs. She is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel.
Emma is committed to pro bono representation and has been instructed on a pro bono basis for the Centre For Women’s Justice, AvMA, Advocate and the Environmental Law Foundation. She was previously nominated as Advocate’s Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year. Read her recent interview about her pro bono experience with Advocate here.
Emma is also co-presenter of Law Pod UK.Clinical Negligence
Emma is instructed in a broad range of clinical negligence work by claimants and defendants. She regularly advises on both liability and quantum, including high-value claims involving complex future loss issues and Fatal Accident Act claims. She has particular experience in claims relating to delayed cancer diagnosis, vascular problems, orthopaedic surgery, diabetes and gastroenterology, and anorexia nervosa. She routinely advises clients in civil claims following inquests.
- Led by John Whitting KC in a case resulting in a settlement of just under £20 million for a brain damaged child.
- Secured a settlement against 5 separate Defendants for a man who received inadequate nursing, GP, and surgical treatment for an ulcer in his diabetic foot, resulting in an above-knee amputation.
- Acted for the widow of a man who bled to death at home after receiving inadequate medical treatment and secured a substantial Fatal Accidents Act settlement following RTM.
- Represented the parents of a baby who died shortly after death and secured an early settlement following an inquest
- Represented several NHS Trust Employees following serious allegations made against them by a minor’s parents following a sonogram. During a 6 day hearing the Court gave permission for a range of medical experts to assist in determining the likely cause of minor’s fractures, and ultimately found that no Trust employee had caused or contributed to the injuries sustained. Click here for further details.
- Led by Philip Havers KC in a complex clinical negligence claim concerning inadequate gastroenterology treatment resulting in severe opiate addiction. A substantial settlement was reached following mediation.
Emma is regularly instructed on behalf of NHS Trusts, individual doctors and bereaved families in inquests. She has appeared in numerous contentious Article 2 inquests arising from deaths in custody, and inquests involving mental health settings, community care and domestic violence.
She was previously instructed to assist the Coroner’s Legal Team in the Inquests into the Birmingham Pub Bombings (1974). For more information click here.
Emma is committed to pro bono representation and has been instructed on a pro bono basis for the Centre For Women’s Justice, AvMA and Advocate on behalf of bereaved families and individual doctors. She is regularly involved in personal injury, clinical negligence and human rights claims arising out of inquests.
- Inquest into the death of CS: Represented the family of a man who died in HMP Lowdham Grange. The jury returned a neglect finding, and the Coroner referred 17 medically qualified witnesses to their professional body.
- Inquest into the death of NH: Instructed on behalf of the Family, successfully persuaded the Coroner to resume an inquest considering the murder of a woman by her partner shortly after she ceased to be a child in Local Authority care.
- Inquest into the death of BL: Represented 21 NHS Trust employees involved in the care of a woman who died in a psychiatric unit.
- Inquest into the death of DES: Acting for the family at an inquest considering a history of domestic violence. Persuaded the Coroner to instruct an expert in policing domestic violence and coercive and controlling behaviour.
- Inquest into the death of MD: Represented the family at an inquest highlighting differences in antenatal care for large babies due to geography.
- Inquest into the death of CC: Represented the family of a young woman who died as a result of an overdose of DHP, a toxic diet pill.
- Inquest into the death of MN: Represented 11 employees of a psychiatric intensive care unit at an Article 2 inquest into the death of a 14 year old girl.
- Inquest into the death of AH: Represented an individual doctor at a 5 week inquest into the care of a young woman who died from anorexia nervosa.
- Inquest into the death of ZY: Represented two GPs at an Article 2 inquest concerning the suicide of pregnant woman.
- Inquest into the death of Prince Fosu: Represented a GP in a month long inquest into the death of a man at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.
- Inquest into the death of YS: Represented a local authority in an inquest concerning mental health and community care.
- Inquest into the death of WT: Represented the family in an inquest concerning the death of a man following A&E discharge.
- Inquest into the death of RS: Represented the NHS Healthcare provider at Chelmsford Prison in an Article 2 inquest into the death of a man who committed suicide in prison.
- Inquest into the death of DB: Represented The Forward Trust, a charity providing substance misuse services, at an inquest into the death of a man at HMP Lewes.
- Inquest into the death of AM: Represented the family in an inquest into the death of a man who was found unconscious in the bath at a psychiatric hospital.
- Inquest into the death of AA: Represented Essex Partnership University NHS Trust at an Article 2 jury inquest into the death of a man who committed suicide in prison.
- Inquest into the death of PA: Represented Pennine NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest into the death of a man who committed suicide at a London underground station.
- Inquest into the death of Baby O: Represented a Paediatric Registrar during an inquest into the death of a baby at St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight.
- Inquest into the death of MB: Appeared for the NHS Trust at Bedford Prison in an Article 2 jury inquest into the death of a man who committed suicide in prison.
- Inquest into the death of TS: Acted for the NHS Healthcare provider at Chelmsford Prison in an Article 2 jury inquest into the death of a man who died from a drug overdose in prison.
- Inquest into the death of MB: Appeared for the NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a woman who died following a missed hip fracture diagnosis.
- Inquest into the death of HC: Appeared for the NHS Trust in an inquest concerning the death of a man with a cardiac condition.
Emma has a busy practice in personal injury, and particular expertise in child abuse claims on behalf of claimants against local authorities, schools and individuals. She has experience before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals panel.
Emma was instructed by Slater & Gordon as Junior Counsel acting for the main group of Core Participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concerning abuse in residential schools. She also has experience on the modules examining historic child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church (Ampleforth, Downside and Ealing Abbeys), and the Anglican Church.
Emma was seconded to the abuse department of Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors for three months in 2018, where she worked primarily on claims relating to the Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme and has advised a number of individuals concerning their Individual Redress Payments arising from that scheme.
- Represented several victims of the Beirut Port Explosion, securing a judgment awarding them £850,000 in damages, led by Neil Hart KC. See here for further details.
- Successfully resisted an application to set aside a judgment for damages, acting on behalf of a survivor of child sex abuse. Click here for further details.
- Recently succeeded in damages claim for a survivor of child abuse. Click here for further details.
- For further information on Emma’s involvement in IICSA click here and here.
- Previously instructed by HMRC on an ongoing-basis to advise on personal injury claims arising out of accidents involving employees across the Government Estate.
Emma has a broad public inquiry practice, and has experience acting for a range of Institutional Core Participants as well as Victims and Survivors. She is currently instructed by the Government Legal Department to represent the Department for Health and Social Care in the Infected Blood Inquiry and retained as Junior Counsel for a number of NHS Health Boards in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
Emma was previously instructed by Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison at Slater & Gordon as Junior Counsel acting for the main group of victims and survivors in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concerning abuse in residential schools. Listen to Richard and Emma discuss IICSA on episode 116 of Law Pod UK. Emma also has experience on the modules examining historic child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church (Ampleforth, Downside and Ealing Abbeys), and the Anglican Church.
- UK Covid-19 Inquiry: Retained as Junior Counsel by a number of NHS Health Boards .
- Infected Blood Inquiry: Instructed by the Government Legal Department as Junior Counsel representing the Department of Health and Social Care.
- Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Previously instructed by Slater & Gordon to represent a large number of victims and survivors in three modules of this major inquiry. For further information on Emma’s involvement in IICSA click here and here.
- Undercover Policing Inquiry: Instructed for a key Core Participant and led by Peter Skelton KC in the civil litigation arising out of that Inquiry.
- Emma has undertaken significant disclosure and legal professional privilege reviews in relation to other investigations.
Emma is developing a varied practice in public law and human rights. She is currently instructed in a number of Human Rights Act civil actions on behalf of the families of victims of fatal domestic violence. Emma was Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association from 2017 – 2020.
Before coming to the bar, Emma spent two years at the AIRE Centre, a NGO where she advised and represented individuals in matters of EU and ECHR law. This included establishing a monthly legal clinic for Roma migrants in Luton and representing individuals before the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber). Emma also spent two years as a Parliamentary Aide to Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, in particular assisting his work as a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and in human rights analysis of draft legislation.
Emma gained further human rights experience as a legal trainee at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (UK Division), as an intern on the case involving Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague and working for the Innocence Project while studying at Washington and Lee University, Virginia.
Emma is looking to develop her practice in environmental law, and has experience advising on matters involving protected habitats and fishing rights.
Recently, Emma has been instructed in the ground breaking climate change case of Duarte Agostinho & 5 Others v Portugal & 32 Others, led by Tim Otty KC and acted for several victims of the Beirut Port Explosion. She and Darragh Coffey successfully represented the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, instructed by the Environmental Law Foundation, at a 12 day Planning Inquiry concerning Askham Bog in York.
She was jointly nominated for Advocate’s Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year Award 2020 for her role in saving Askham Bog.
Emma-Louise Fenelon and Tom Beamont secure £850,000 settlement for victims of Beirut Port Explosion - Jun 2023
1COR Webinar: Corporate Manslaughter – coming to your next inquest? - May 2023
Law Pod UK Ep. 182: Unlawful Killing in Inquests: All Change? - Apr 2023
Law Pod UK Ep. 178: How to get Pupillage - Jan 2023
Jury returns neglect in prison inquest, Coroner refers 17 witnesses to NMC/GMC - Jan 2023
Law Pod UK Ep. 177: Disaster Avoidance For Experts with Margaret Bowron KC - Jan 2023
Law Pod UK Ep. 175: Essential Inquest Law Update - Dec 2022
Law Pod UK Ep. 174: Permacrisis in Public Law? With Sir Jonathan Jones KCB KC - Dec 2022
Hearing the Hidden Voices in Cerebral Palsy Claims - Oct 2022
Coroner orders resumption of inquest into death of woman murdered by her partner - Oct 2022
Law Pod UK is back – and with new presenters! - Sep 2022
LawPod UK Ep. 165: A duty to offer alternatives? With John Whitting QC - Jun 2022
Emma-Louise Fenelon awarded scholarship to attend Advanced Trial Advocacy course in Florida - May 2022
Inquest into death on psychiatric ward in Essex concludes - May 2022
LawPod UK Ep. 159: Human Rights in a Turbulent Era with Gráinne de Búrca - Mar 2022
LawPod UK Ep. 156: Best of Law Pod UK 2021 - Jan 2022
LawPod UK Ep. 155: Interview with Nazir Afzal OBE - Dec 2021
Pupillage Application Tips and Life at the Bar with 1COR - Dec 2021
LawPod UK Ep. 153: Loss of Chance with Sarah Lambert QC and Dominic Ruck Keene - Nov 2021
Inquest considering a history of domestic violence - Nov 2021
Inquest highlights geographical differences in antenatal care for large babies - Oct 2021
Wrongful Birth Claims: Theory, Law and Practice Webinar - Oct 2021
Emma-Louise Fenelon appointed to BSB Independent Decision Making Body - Sep 2021
David Hart QC, Emma-Louise Fenelon and Tom Beamont act for victims of the Beirut Port Explosion - Aug 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 147: Vicarious trauma in the legal profession - Jul 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 146: 5 Key Medical Law Updates - Jun 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 145: The Magnitsky Act with Bill Browder - Jun 2021
Emma-Louise Fenelon in ground breaking ECtHR climate change case - May 2021
Sutton Trust Pathways to Law Insight Week: Imposter Syndrome - Apr 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 139: Harriet Wistrich on Criminal Justice for Women - Apr 2021
Emma-Louise Fenelon instructed in the Infected Blood Inquiry - Mar 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 138 : Mediation with Marina Wheeler QC - Mar 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 136: Essential Inquest Law Updates - Feb 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 135: “Historical” Crimes: Ireland’s unmarried mothers and their children - Jan 2021
Law Pod UK Ep. 134: the significant cases of 2020 - Jan 2021
LawPod UK Ep. 132: Best of Law Pod UK 2020 - Dec 2020
Conclusion handed down in four week inquest concerning anorexia nervosa - Nov 2020
Tonight’s the night for the Bar Pro Bono Awards - Nov 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 129: Brexit and the Flaws of the Delegated Legislation System - Nov 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 128: The Cumberlege Review with Marina Wheeler QC - Oct 2020
Congratulations to our 5 juniors nominated for Advocate’s Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year Award - Oct 2020
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Summer 2020 – Issue 6 - Sep 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 123: We’re back! With Joshua Rozenberg - Sep 2020
Congratulations on our Six Members appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel - Aug 2020
Law Pod UK Ep.122: Secondary Victim Claims update with Gideon Barth - Jul 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 117: Systemic Racial Inequality, Windrush and the Bar with Martin Forde QC - Jun 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 116: IICSA Update and Abuse within Minority Religions with Richard Scorer - Jun 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 114: Fall in rape prosecutions - Jun 2020
Emma-Louise Fenelon and Darragh Coffey successful in Askham Bog Planning Inquiry - May 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 109: Medical Law Developments - Apr 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 104: The Status Of EU Law During The Transition Period And Beyond - Mar 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 102: BBC Pay Discrimination with Shaheen Rahman QC - Feb 2020
Christopher Mellor and Emma-Louise Fenelon represent different GPs in Prince Fosu Inquest into death at Harmondsworth IRC - Feb 2020
Law Pod UK recommended as one of the best legal podcasts to listen to in 2020 by The Attic - Jan 2020
Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to new Pathways to Law students - Jan 2020
Law Pod UK Ep. 100 : Disaster Avoidance for Experts with Neil Sheldon QC - Dec 2019
Emma-Louise Fenelon and Darragh Coffey represent Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to protect Askham Bog - Dec 2019
Latest Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse report into The Roman Catholic Church Case Study published - Oct 2019
Is this too sensitive? Dealing with difficult issues in Inquests and Inquiries - Oct 2019
Law Pod UK Ep. 94: A Rogue Prorogation? - Sep 2019
Law Pod UK Ep. 93: Taxation and Human Rights - Sep 2019
Read through some of the highlights of 2019 in the 1COR Bundle - Sep 2019
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hears evidence regarding child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church - Jul 2019
Law Pod UK named one of ‘Best UK Podcasts 2019’ by Player FM - Jul 2019
Listen to Jo Moore, Laura Bruce and Emma-Louise Fenelon discuss equality and diversity at the Bar on Law Pod UK - Jun 2019
Law Pod UK Ep 84: Widening Access at the Bar - Jun 2019
Law Pod UK Ep 79: Causation in Inquests - May 2019
Emma-Louise Fenelon succeeds in damages claim for survivor of child abuse - May 2019
Law Pod UK Ep 77: Anonymity for Claimants, Anonymity for Doctors - Apr 2019
Philip Havers QC, Emma-Louise Fenelon & Charlotte Gilmartin discuss Darnley v Croydon Health Services at Weightmans’ Healthcare Training Seminar - Apr 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest concludes - Apr 2019
Law Pod UK Ep 75: The Prevent Guidance in Universities - Apr 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest opens - Feb 2019
Five members volunteer at Inner Temple’s ‘Becoming a Barrister’ day - Feb 2019
Iain O’Donnell, Matthew Donmall and Emma-Louise Fenelon act in important recent Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) hearing - Feb 2019
Law Pod UK Ep. 61: Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Jan 2019
Law Pod UK Ep. 59: The cases that defined 2018 - Dec 2018
Law Pod UK Ep. 58: 2018 Inquest law update - Dec 2018
Law Pod UK Ep. 56: Psychiatric harm and childbirth - Dec 2018
Law Pod UK Ep. 49: The Importance of Informed Consent in Clinical Negligence - Nov 2018
Law Pod UK Ep. 48: Clinical Guidelines in Clinical Negligence Cases - Nov 2018
Emma-Louise Fenelon in inquest into death in prison - Sep 2018
Law Pod UK Ep. 39: Employment/Disciplinary injunction success for psychiatrist - Jul 2018
Law Pod UK Ep. 33: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - May 2018
Emma-Louise Fenelon acted in a recent inquest into death of a young man on a mental health ward - Apr 2018
Jo Moore and Emma-Louise Fenelon instructed in a recent inquest in Winchester - Nov 2017
Emma-Louise Fenelon successfully represents NHS Trust in NAI case - Aug 2017
1COR Annual Professional Discipline Seminar - Jun 2017