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Hill Dickinson LLP

NO 1 ST PAUL'S SQUARE, LIVERPOOL, L3 9SJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 600 8000
Fax:
Fax 0151 600 8001
Web:
www.hilldickinson.com

Sharon Thomas

Tel:
Work 0151 600 8249
Email:
Hill Dickinson LLP

Work Department

Health.

Position

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)

Career

Trained Hill Dickinson; qualified 1997; partner 2002.

Languages

French - basic

Member

Law Society.

Education

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

Leisure

Walking, skiing, running.


North West: Public sector

Health

Within: Health

Andrew Craggs heads a ‘very strong team’ at Hill Dickinson LLP . The ‘excellent and very experiencedSharon Thomas  is recommended for her work in mental health and court of protection. Joanna Trewin  led the advice to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in its application to the court of protection about a patient who was in a minimally conscious state and was determined by the court to lack capacity. The issue before the court was whether it was lawful and in her interests to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, medication and neurological rehabilitation. In another key matter it is advising Health Education England on the content of an overarching privacy notice to ensure compliance with the forthcoming GDPR. Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT, NHS Warrington CCG and St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust are also clients.

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