Shruti Sharma

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

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Inquests

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.

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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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