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Overview

Sunyana Sharma is a regulatory and inquest barrister who practices in professional disciplinary work, maritime and fishing law, health and safety law and all areas of regulatory compliance and consumer protection.

She has been appointed to the C list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for The Health & Safety & Environmental Law Executive.

Sunyana is an Assistant Coroner for Hampshire. To read more about Sunyana’s relevant expertise, please see her specialist inquests profile here.

Prior to joining Chambers, Sunyana worked for the Solicitor International Human Right’s Group (‘SIHRG’) with whom she organised the Zimbabwe Fundraising Event called 'Protecting Lawyers in Zimbabwe' in collaboration with the Bar Human Rights Committee. She also worked as part of a team in researching and drafting legal submissions on the rule of law and the importance of an impartial tribunal following the suspension of the Chief Justice of Pakistan in March 2007. In addition, she undertook an internship with the criminal justice department of 'JUSTICE', the all party law reform and human rights organisation. She assisted with the research on policy papers commissioned by JUSTICE, which included changes to the rape in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and responses to the Home Office paper on 'New powers against organised and financial crime’.

Reported Cases

[2010] EWCA Crim 109; [2011] 1 Cr App R (S) 36
The Court considered whether exceptional circumstances exist justifying the court in not imposing the required minimum sentence for the possession of firearms.

Inquests

Sunyana Sharma’s experience in inquest work covers medical negligence cases, deaths at sea, fatal accidents at work and deaths in care home settings.

She is well equipped to deal with a full range of inquest work as noted by her expertise in medical healthcare, maritime law and health and safety work.

In August 2021, Sunyana was appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Hampshire and now combines this part-time role with her busy inquests’ caseload.

She provides added value to inquests as a result of her previous practice area of personal injury in which she conducted clinical negligence claims, work related illnesses and accidents and police misconduct claims.

Notable Cases

  • Inquest touching death of M, J & P (2021): Representing HM Coastguard Agency in three Article 2 inquests following drownings that occurred during the relaxation of COVID pandemic lockdown. PFD concerns raised.
  • Inquest touching the death of S & A (2021): Representing a neonatal nurse who erroneously administered sodium nitrite, an unlicensed drug, rather than sodium bicarbonate on two separate occasions leading to the deaths of two babies.
  • Inquest touching death of G (2021): Representing HM Coastguard Agency following the failed search and rescue of G who was found 11 days after her disappearance was first notified to the Police. Article 2 jury inquest with significant PFD concerns.
  • Inquest touching death of D (2020): Representing a care home following the death of an elderly resident with dementia. Coroner exploring errors made by multiple individuals in the care of the resident and poor communication between the Home and GP surgery.
  • Inquest touching the death of JT (2020): Represented family in an Article 2 inquest investigating failures by four clinical settings. Concerns included the response by an Ambulance Service, the care provided at two NHS Trusts one of which led to the amputation of the deceased’s leg and the emergency care given in A & E prior to death.
  • Inquest touching the death of BI (2018): Instructed to represent a dredger Company following a collision with a sailing boat leading to a death at sea.
  • Inquest touching the death of NW (2017): Instructed by HM Coastguard Agency following a death at sea in which article 2 issues were raised in relation to the collaboration of multi-agencies. No PFD Report made.
  • Inquest touching the death of RS (2016): Represented an employee as an IP at a 3 day jury inquest into the death of a colleague whilst at work following a fall through a Perspex roof on his employer’s premises.
  • Inquest touching the death of EG (2013): Represented the family of the deceased in an inquest which challenged the clinical care and treatment provided by an NHS Trust.
  • Articles
    • Maughan: Coronial clarity or crises?

      Sunyana Sharma reviews the impact of the case of Maughan in the Coroner's Court.

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  • Recommendations

    ‘Strengths include a wealth of knowledge, strategic acumen and impeccable client care. In addition to being incredibly talented, Sunyana is also efficient, approachable, and always easy to reach and happy to advise. Instructing solicitors cannot rate the service provided by Sunyana highly enough.’

    Legal 500 2022/Inquests and Inquiries/Leading Juniors/London Bar

    'She understands both sides of nursing and midwifery cases.'

    Legal 500 2016/Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (including police law)/Leading Juniors

    Sunyana has conducted numerous prosecutions for us as a regulator over several years. Sunyana is a diligent hard-working barrister who provides clear advice with absolute clarity on a consistent basis.
    A barrister who always appears to be pro-active, on the front foot and seemingly always one step ahead of the game. Sunyana serves us as a client timely and measured response in all instructions and is keen to work with us the regulator at an early stage in all matters.

    In the court room is where you see the real deal with Sunyana, strong and robust advocacy, fast thinking and good on her feet, clearly respected by the bench and peers alike and consistently builds strong working relationships with all parties in every case we have worked on together.

    In all Sunyana is hugely knowledgeable, highly effective whilst still being a delightful person to work with.”

    Head of UK Maritime Investigations Team, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for your hard work on our recent case. Considering you only received the papers at very late notice, your knowledge and understanding of the case was outstanding. I was so impressed by your meticulous preparation and would have no hesitation in instructing you again or recommending you to any of my colleagues. Thank you again”.

    Partner, Law firm

    "Hardworking, intelligent, very approachable and a pleasure to work with. She is always available to speak to and bounce ideas off and is very good both at advising clients and managing their expectations".

    Senior Associate, Law firm

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Legal 500 rankings

  • Leading Junior 2022

Academic qualifications

  • LLB Law (Hons), London School of Economics
  • LLM Public International Law (Merit), London School of Economics
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, London (2006, very competent).
  • Jessup International Mooting Competition, (UK rounds) - Finalist, 2004 and Semi-Finalist, 2006

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Panel C list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for The Health & Safety & Environmental Law Executive
  • Steering Committee member of BarNone, Western Circuit
  • Assistant Coroner to Hampshire

Professional bodies

  • ARDL (Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers)
  • HSLA (Health and Safety Lawyers Association)
  • HRLA (Human Rights Lawyers Association)
  • Western Circuit

Direct Access

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

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