Sharon Thomas > Hill Dickinson LLP > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Hill Dickinson LLP
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A partner in the healthcare team, Sharon has wide experience in representing NHS bodies and detaining authorities at mental health review Tribunals, inquests, in declaratory proceedings and in bringing and defending judicial review.

She provides regular training sessions to NHS staff, both locally and nationally, on topics such as consent to treatment, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty safeguards, changes to the Mental Health Act 1983, data protection and data sharing and Children Act issues.

Sharon has also successfully defended a large number of judicial review and human rights claims at letter of response stage. She also advises NHS trusts in a number of high-profile matters that are not subject to litigation. Her expereince includes:

  • R (On the Application of DR) -v- Mersey Care NHS Trust (2002) MHLR 386, QB (Admin)
  • Re GK (Patient: Habeas Corpus) (1999) MHLR 128
  • Re SC (Mental Patient: Habeas Corpus) 1996 QB 599
  • Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust and North West Wales NHS Trust -v- Luke Winston-Jones and Rith Winston-Jones (2004) QB (Family)


Trained Hill Dickinson; qualified 1997; partner 2002.


French - basic


Law Society.


Wirral Grammar School for Girls; University of Hertfordshire (BA Hons Social Science); College of Law, Chester (Dip LP).


Walking, skiing, running.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Healthcare

The healthcare team at Hill Dickinson LLP works across offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. Providing a full-service offer, the team is primarily known for its work on the NHS Resolution panel, as well as advising NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers on major procurements, regulatory and governance advice, and inquests. Head of the health team Andrew Craggs specialises in complex clinical negligence claims. Head of the London team, the ‘measured, calm and reassuringKiran Bhogal is an expert in healthcare and public law, while Emma Stockwell leads on major public law, governance, and regulatory matters. Liverpool team leader Sharon Thomas is highly regarded for her work on mental health law. Additionally, Robert McGough and Joanna Trewin are key contacts in Leeds and Manchester, respectively.

North West > Public sector > Health

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s team is ‘highly responsive at any time of day and frequently with little notice‘. It handles a wide ambit of matters for clients in the healthcare sector, including those relating to mental health, governance, procurement and property transactions, as well as support in inquiries and investigations. Andrew Craggs (who works across the Liverpool, Manchester and London offices) is the overall head of the department. Joanna Trewin leads the Manchester health advisory group. Emma Stockwell, Sharon Thomas, Amanda Hurst and Michael Wright lead the governance and regulatory, mental health, NHS real estate and health employment sub-teams respectively. Legal director Paul Allerston advises on administrative and public law challenges to NHS commission decision making.