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Emma Meagher, Consultant

Emma Meagher


Practice areas

  • Health and life sciences
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Emma Meagher is a Consultant in our Dispute Resolution and Litigation Department.

Her focus area is the strategic management of Corporate Claims in the Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality Sectors to include public liability and employers’ liability. She has considerable experience acting on behalf of insurers; re-insurers; brokers; and corporate self-insured clients in handling and/or defending claims.

Emma specialises in high value complex clinical negligence claims. She has unique experience in that she has acted from both Plaintiff and Defence perspectives, which gives her significant insight and advantage in the personal injuries’ realm. Emma manages a large portfolio of complex clinical negligence claims, including catastrophic and fatal injury matters. Emma also advises private hospitals and clinics on matters to include clinical crisis and risk management issues.

She also specialises in defence litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on personal injury and catastrophic claims. Emma has acted in many high profile and complex litigation matters. Emma advises Irish and International Companies and their insurers and brokers in respect of their corporate claims. She works alongside Irish and international brokers, intermediaries, insurers, and reinsurers advising on risk and crisis management, governance and strategy. She has dealt with claims in all Courts up to the Supreme Court, but mainly in the High Court and Circuit Court. She also regularly represents her Clients at Mediation and at Inquests. Emma has vast knowledge of the various Circuits and has attended the High Court on Circuit around Ireland.

Her recent client experience includes;

  • advising Allianz Insurance plc and their Insured Private Hospital in this high value medical negligence claim involved an alleged misdiagnosis and therefore late diagnosis of terminal cancer. There were significant legal complexities regarding the legal test in terms of liability and the diagnosis as initially made, and in respect of the ‘loss of opportunity’ relating to causation.

  • advising staff of a private hospital in relation to an assault of a patient by another patient. The advice included preparation of witness statements, retention of CCTV footage and an internal investigation.