I owe you a great deal of thanks for helping me through the very difficult process, both throughout the period of the inquiry and then latterly, during the civil claim. Your patience and understanding as well as the lengthy explanations made it a lot easier than I would have thought possible.

Sarah Sharples

Location: Manchester

Sarah is a solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team based in the Manchester office. Joining Irwin Mitchell in September 2008, Sarah specialises solely in clinical negligence cases.

Sarah currently has a diverse case load of medical claims ranging from cancer delay cases and orthopaedic cases to stillbirth and brain injury cases. Not only does Sarah have her own case load but she also spends time assisting other colleagues with their complex and high value cases. She enjoys the immense variety that her work offers her along with the medical complexity of her cases.

Pro bono work is extremely important to Sarah and she currently volunteers as a legal advisor at two local legal advice clinics at The University of Manchester and The East Manchester Legal Advice Centre. She also  coordinates pro bono work for the Manchester office and acts as a mentor to students who are studying law at University and want to pursue a legal career.

Sarah is an active supporter of The Children’s Adventure Farm (CAFT) who provide holidays for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children. She is so passionate about CAFT that she recently raised over £1,000 for them by taking part in the 3 Volcano Trek which saw her climb Mount Vesuvius, Stromboli and Mount Etna in 4 days. Needless to say, she returned home a little tired after numerous coach journeys, 4 flights, 4 different hotels,1 ferry journey (complete with sea sickness), 1 hydrofoil and not much sleep. She tells us that it was all worth it to raise money for CAFT. You can find out more out CAFT in the charities section.

Interesting facts about Sarah are that she once auditioned for Hollyoaks, she has been paragliding in Turkey and has been interviewed live on BBC Manchester about the sad case of Trevor Roberts. You can read more about the case in the case studies section.