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SOMERFIELD HOUSE, 59 LONDON ROAD, MAIDSTONE, KENT, ME16 8JH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01622 690691
Fax:
Fax 01622 681430
DX:
4806 MAIDSTONE-1
Email:
Web:
www.brachers.co.uk

John Sheath

Tel:
Work 01622 776406
Email:
Web:
www.brachers.co.uk
Brachers

Work Department

Healthcare

Position

Partner and head of Brachers’ Healthcare team.

 Expertise

  • Healthcare & Medical Defence
  • Inquests & coroners courts
  • Complaints and independent reviews
  • Health & safety
  • Governance and risk management

Career

John trained at Norton Rose and qualified in 1976. John joined Brachers in 1981 and was made partner in 1983, and Managing Partner 2004-12. In 2008 he obtained an MBA with distinction.

 John has over 35 years’ experience in providing specialist advice in clinical negligence, inquests, health & safety, corporate manslaughter, risk management and governance, mental health, consent and capacity issues.

John’s extensive experience includes the support of NHS clients through major incidents including Kent & Canterbury Hospital (cervical smears), East Kent Health Authority (Dr Ayling), East Kent NHS Hospitals (Rodney Ledward), West Kent HA (Michael Stone), Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (C Difficile) and Sussex NHS Partnership and Maidstone &Tunbridge Wells (corporate manslaughter).

His extensive experience covers Court of Protection declarations, GMC and GDC proceedings and Chairing Performance List Panels; Judicial Review and advice on major reorganizations and consultation procedures. He has developed a substantial inquest practice for NHS Trusts and a leading defence organization.

He supports NHS training on specialist topics such as consent, confidentiality and capacity, information governance, professional accountability, witness skills and the legal implications of record keeping and provides first-hand practical training for staff in the form of mock inquest hearings. 

Appointments/rankings

  • Legal 500 UK 2014: Health South East “an excellent solicitor”.
  • ADR Group: accredited Civil & Commercial Panel Mediator

 

Member

Memberships

  • The Law Society
  • The Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Legal Member to the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Ethics Committee

Education

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School Rochester 1963-9

Southampton University 1970-3 LLB (Hons)

Guildford College of Law 1973/4  Sols Qualifying Exams


South East: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

At Brachers, the highly experienced Lee May utilises his in-house experience to defend local authorities against prosecutions by health and safety executives. Also recommended is John Sheath, who has significant experience in providing specialist advice in inquests, corporate manslaughter, risk management and governance.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Brachers has a reputable team, known for its diligent work for professional health services, where the firm holds a number of long-standing clients. Led by Maidstone-based Scott Alexander, the group has been handling high-value specialist claims and has recently undertaken advisory work for two general practitioner clients. John Sheath has over three decades of healthcare law experience under his belt and represents doctors and medical staff.

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South East: Public sector

Health

Within: Leading individuals

John Sheath - Brachers

Within: Health

Brachers is known for its work with NHS trusts, particularly regarding inquests. John Sheath is the key contact for inquests and claims, often representing trusts and other providers without counsel. The firm also offers a substantial primary care practice, advising on new developments, as well as issues surrounding retirements in the single-handed GP sector. Commercial property specialist Ash Jilani leads the primary care team and Catherine Daw  heads the employment offering.

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