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Sarah Vaughan Jones QC
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With many years of experience in both professional negligence and personal injury litigation, Sarah has specialised in disputes involving health professionals or complex medical issues since taking Silk in 2008. She is recognised as a leading Silk in clinical negligence and disciplinary work. Sarah acts for both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims against hospital trusts and health authorities, GPs and private providers, as well as members of the ancillary professions such as out-of-hours providers and physiotherapists. She is regularly instructed on behalf of the NHSLA. In Silk, her practice has focussed on claims arising out of obstetric and neonatal mis-management, claims for wrongful birth, spinal surgery, brain surgery, delayed diagnosis of infection (meningitis, vasculitis etc) and management of suicidal patients. Illustrative cases include: Reeve v Heart of England NHS Trust [24.05.2011]: cerebral palsy claim. Registrar’s attendance delayed because he was busy in theatre with another patient. Allegations of failure properly to conduct fetal monitoring and to call consultant in anticipation; Connah v Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, HM Coroner for Greater Manchester, HM Coroner for Plymouth + SW Devon and HM Coroner for County of Cornwall  EWHC 1727 (Admin): represented Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in successfully resisting the claimant’s application to the Divisional Court under s.13 Coroners Act 1988 to compel the holding of an inquest into the death of his late wife in 1998 following hospital treatment for a malignant brain tumour; Mungai v Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust [2005/6]: (with Michael de Navarro QC: claimant discharged from A&E: later found to have rare internal perforation); Smithers v Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust  EWHC 1179: (with Stephen Miller QC: obstetric emergency where clinicians inextricably occupied with alternative procedure); Rashid v Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust  EWHC 1338: (shoulder dystocia: no liability for Erbs palsy in posterior shoulder). Before taking Silk in 2008 Sarah presented cases regularly on behalf of the General Dental Council and the General Medical Council. Examples of cases before the Professional Conduct Committee include: Dr Crowe (dentist) 2008: alternative pain management techniques – allegations of failure to obtain informed consent and mis-management of patient with jaw pain and abdominal pain. Four-week GDC inquiry; Williams v GMC  EWHC 2603 (Admin): with Roger Henderson QC, conducted GMC proceedings against doctor who performed post mortem on the children of Sally Clarke and subsequently secured dismissal of appeal from GMC proceedings. Sarah conducted several of the leading cases in the Privy Council on behalf of the GMC/GDC, in particular: Silver v General Medical Council  UKPC 33 (test for serious professional misconduct); Crabbie v General Medical Council  UKPC 45: (correct approach by Professional Conduct Committee to applications to refer to Health Committee); Dad v General Dental Council  1 WLR 1538: (principles applicable to conviction cases).
Called 1983; Middle Temple; Recorder 2004; QC 2008.
PIBA; LCLCBA; PNBA; ARDL.
St Catherine’s School, Bramley; Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1983 BA Law).