Shruti Sharma

Year of Call: 2011
Email Address: shruti.sharma@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 583 8055

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Overview

Shruti Sharma has an impressive professional discipline, regulatory and healthcare practice. She regularly appears before disciplinary tribunals, coroner’s courts and the High Court. She has been instructed in a number of cases which have received national press coverage.

Prior to completing pupillage, Shruti worked for Fieldfisher, where she conducted high profile fitness to practise investigations, including the General Medical Council cases of Dr David Southall and Dr Freddy Patel. She also assisted in the drafting of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct 2011 and was seconded to the Financial Reporting Council. In 2011, she spent some time working as a Case Examiner for the General Social Care Council prior to the transfer of its power to the Health and Care Professionals Council.

In 2009, Shruti completed a three-month internship at the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights in Kingston, where she worked on death row cases and assisted on a range of civil cases, particularly those involving police misfeasance.

Shruti is accredited by the Bar Standard Board to act directly on behalf of individuals and organisations under the Public Access Scheme for public and regulatory law.

Secondments 

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, case presenter – 4 months
  • Capsticks, Inquest Team – 9 months
  • British Horseracing Authority, case presenter – 5 months

Publications 

  • Contributed to The Law of Legal Services by John Gould

Expertise

  • Inquests
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    Shruti has built a niche practice in healthcare and medical law. She has extensive experience in acting for various National Health Service Trusts in high profile inquests. Following a nine-month secondment in the Clinical Negligence department of Capsticks Solicitors, she has represented both acute and mental health NHS Trusts, care homes, ambulance services and individuals at inquests. Shruti’s cases often involve complex mental health and mental capacity issues, complicated clinical expert evidence and a number of interested persons (IPs). She has also acted in sensitive cases involving infant deaths and deaths in custody.

    Shruti is regularly instructed by the NHS, local councils and families. Her in-depth knowledge of the procedures and protocols within the NHS (and the clinical setting in which care is provided) has also assisted her in providing robust advice and representation for families of the deceased in inquests.

    Notable cases

    Cox Inquest (2016)
    Shruti was instructed by Bristol Adults Safeguarding Board (BSAB's) to assist the coroner with the issue of whether all aspects of BSAB's investigation should be put into the public domain. Shruti successfully convinced the coroner that full disclosure could undermine the safeguarding authority's investigation process and have nationwide ramifications for adult safeguarding investigations.

    Brennan Inquest (2016)
    Shruti was instructed to represent Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in a high profile inquest involving the death of an adolescent in a psychiatric ward which generated national media attention. Oxleas provided care in the community and were not criticised in the coroner's conclusion.

    Robertson Inquest (2016)
    Shruti represented James Paget University Hospital in a five week jury inquest into the death of a serving prisoner who fatally self harmed whilst detained at HMP Blundeston. This factually complex Article 2 inquest raised a number issues about self-harm, mental health and the right of an individual with capacity to refuse medical treatment.

    Poulton Inquest (2016)
    Shruti represented the family of the deceased in an Article 2 jury inquest. The deceased was the passenger in a ultra-lite aircraft, which impacted with obstructions at the end of the runway. The coroner issued a Prevent Future Deaths report following the disclosure that the private airfield was going to continue to use the end of the runway for private storage.

    Del Rosario Inquest (2015)
    Shruti advised and represented the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in a case where the paramedics decided not to commence advanced life support on a young women who had ingested oral anorexiants. The coroner did not criticise the LAS in her conclusion or issue a prevent future deaths report.

    Meregini Inquest (2015)
    Shruti represented the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in an Article 2 Middleton-type inquest in which the LAS were delayed in responding to the deceased, who was detained under the Mental Health Act.

    Tung Inquest (2015)
    Shruti acted for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in a case where a decision was made by an attending paramedic not to convey the deceased to hospital prior to his death.  The coroner did not criticise the LAS in his conclusion or issue a prevent future deaths report.

    Dilloway Inquest (2015)
    In this factually complex inquest, Shruti advised and represented Colchester Hospital after the deceased, (a mental health patient) ingested anti-freeze in the ward after being allowed to leave for cigarette breaks.

    Williams Inquest (2015)
    Shruti advised and represented Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust following the death of patient was given inappropriate treatment following the misinterpretation of radiology scans by a doctor.

    Murray Inquest (2015)
    Shruti represented the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in a case where the expert was extremely critical of the LAS’s response time to an emergency call. Despite the critical expert evidence, the coroner did not issue a prevent future deaths report to the LAS.

    Martin-Whymark Inquest (2014)
    Shruti acted for Colchester Hospital in a high profile death of a baby, who suffered perinatal asphyxiation during birth. The expert was critical about failures to properly monitor the fetus within the maternity ward.

  • Sports
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    Already an experienced professional discipline practitioner, Shruti is now building her expertise in the area of sports law. Having recently completed a secondment with the British Horseracing Authority, she has appeared at numerous inquiries and disciplinary hearings and dealt with a range of issues, including animal doping, fraudulent lay betting and jockey doping. Shruti has a keen understanding of the Rules of Racing and penalties imposed by the disciplinary tribunals.

    Shruti’s familiarity with regulatory tribunals, makes her particular adept at representing individuals facing disciplinary issues arising from sport.

    Notable Cases 

    British Horseracing Authority v MM (2016)
    Shruti represented the interests of the BHA in a case where a horse had been raced during the stand-down period following its vaccination. The panel disqualified the horse from the race and imposed a £1000 financial penalty.

    British Horseracing Authority v PG (2016)
    Shruti investigated a complex case, involving a allegations of a horse flapping in Ireland and subsequently racing under the Rules of Racing under a new identity.

    British Horseracing Authority v MH (2015)
    Shruti acted for the BHA in case involving the use of a mobile phone by a jockey during the restricted period. A financial penalty of £750 was imposed.

    British Horseracing Authority v RW (2015)
    Shruti represented the interests of the BHA in a case where a horse tested positive for a prohibited substance, following post-race testing. The horse was disqualified and a financial penalty of £750 was imposed.

  • Education
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    Shruti has a growing focus on Education Law. She has advised and acted in several aspects of Education Law including:

    • SEND
    • Negligence within schools, including claims for inadequate educational provision
    • Bullying claims
    • Admissions Appeals
    • Complex Admission Arrangements
    • Exclusion Appeals
    • Academic appeals and
    • NCTL hearings.

    Recently, Shruti has been instructed in a number of disciplinary education matters, particularly advising on university academic appeals. She has previously been instructed by the University of Oxford to represent individual colleges in rustication appeals. Furthermore, she has  managed 58 cases of academic cheating in examinations for a leading regulator, which are due to go to hearing in December 2017.

    She also has a great deal of experience of representing teachers before the National College of Teaching and Leadership and she has advised clients in relation OFSTED and Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) inspections. She looks forward to further developing this area of expertise.

Academic qualifications

  • 2009 - 2010 Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law, "Very Competent"
  • 2008 - 2009 Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, awarded  “Commendation”
  • 2005 - 2008 BA (Hons) Modern History, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Universit

Scholarships

  • 2009 Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2009 Internship Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2008 Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • 2009 - 2010 Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law, "Very Competent"

Professional bodies

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Treasury Solicitors’ Baby Barristers Panel

Direct Access

Shruti Sharma is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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