Specialisms & expertise
Sharon specialises in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence and the impact of the Human Rights Act on these areas. She has represented many infant and adult clients and families in hearings and inquests.
She handles a wide range of claims including failure to diagnose meningitis, vascular injuries, cancer, TIA, obstetrics and gynaecological injuries and cauda equine syndrome; negligence by orthopaedic, ophthalmic, general, plastic and spinal surgeons; cerebral palsy and erbs palsy claims arising out of peri-natal and neo-natal negligence; failure to diagnose c-diff infections and necrotising fasciitis; fatal claims, systemic failure claims, psychiatric injuries, secondary victim claims, cross border claims, product liability, occupational illness and employers’ liability claims.
Client stories & example of work
Settlements on high value brain injury and para/tetraplegic claims and other important cases have included:
- £3.8 million for a father of three children who sustained tetraplegia.
- £2.5 million lump sum plus £120,000 rising to £150,000 per year for life for a brain injury client.
- £1.5 million for a client who sustained a below knee amputation.
- £4.8 million for a cerebral palsy client.
- £1.5 million lump sum plus index linked payment of £61,000 per year for life for a cerebral palsy client.
- £1.2 million for three young children in a fatal claim.
- £1.2 million for a clinical negligence client who had jumped from a first floor window of a hospital ward and sustained a brain injury.
- £1.6 million lump sum settlement for a 67 year old client who became bed bound following years of failure to carry out bilateral hip replacement surgery.
- Group action litigation including Gulf War syndrome, Myodil myelogram, PPI breast implant, DePuy hip prostheses.
- Acting for clients in Court of Appeal in McKenny and another v Foster  All ER 73; Lac and others v Clayton  All ER 159.
Sharon is currently acting for a group of 30 patients and their families, in claims against a local hospital and individual surgeons, for providing poor standard of care and negligent treatment at their upper Gastro-intestinal (GI) unit, which had led to catastrophic injury and death.
Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has published its investigation into this hospital, which has revealed serious failings throughout their upper GI unit, including the surgeons, governance and management systems in place at the Trust. RCS identified a number of problems in the upper GI unit which included:
- a lack of leadership
- poor response to surgical complications
- dysfunctional unit
- failure to obtain consent from patients for treatment
- lack of continuity of care
- poor surgical standard and insight and
- failure to investigate complaints raised by the hospital’s own whistle blowers.
Global settlement has been achieved for seven of these cases. The rest of the cases are ongoing.
Sharon is a member of Apil and is a Solicitor Advocate having higher rights of audience in all civil matters. She provides accredited CPD seminars and training via MBL for lawyers on clinical negligence related topics. She is recognised in Legal 500 (2017/18) as a ‘tenacious’ associate ‘who will pursue any meritorious claim with vigour’.
Sharon read law at Bristol University and graduated with 2:1 in LL,B and LL,M degree.
In her spare time, she is involved in pro bono work with a human rights organisation, preaching and leadership duties within the Epsom Methodist Church and enjoys drama, reading, badminton, gym and tennis.