Sarah Sharples



I am an associate in the Medical Negligence team based in the Manchester office. I joined Irwin Mitchell in September 2008 as a trainee solicitor and on qualification felt that specialising solely in clinical negligence would combine elements of two professions, medical and legal, that I felt would make the best use of my skills.  

I deal with a variety of claims, ranging from cancer delay and orthopaedic cases to stillbirth and brain injury.  

As many of the cases I have dealt with understandably have some sort of psychiatric element to them, I have much experience of psychiatric claims.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

As a young student I was generally interested in "the law" and what that encompassed because it just seemed so vast. When you start to learn about it in detail you realise that the legal profession isn't just about "the law", it's about individual solicitors that evolve a specialist skill in one or two particular areas.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Without a doubt it has to be helping my clients get some sort of closure to what has happened to them. Whether that's obtaining compensation to help them get better from the injuries they've suffered or finally getting some answers about the treatment they received, it is all of huge importance to clients and I feel like we take a journey together to get those answers. Compensation is only ever part of the story for our clients. 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The fact that you won't find anyone here who isn't truly passionate about what they do and about their clients.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 12/09/2014
    NHS Trust Admits Man's Death Could Have Been Prevented Had Doctors Given Appropriate Care

    This is a tragic case that saw a previously healthy man die as a result of a catalogue of terrible failings by health professionals who were meant to be caring for him. “Because Peter was in so much pain from the fractured ribs, he could not breathe properly which meant his lungs became inflamed and infected which eventually caused him to develop blood poisoning. “His wife and children who stayed with him throughout his hospital stay had to watch him suffer in agony, cry with pain and they remain devastated at losing him so suddenly and unexpectedly after what they thought was nothing more than a fall. “We welcome the admission of liability from the Trust as at least the family now have some accountability. However, it is vital that the Trust takes steps to reassure the public that it is investing resource in improving standards of care so patient safety is protected and no one else is subjected to the same unacceptable failings. “We hope that the CQC will continue to monitor standards within the Trust and if improvements are not made, enforcement action will be taken to protect the safety of those relying on its health services.”

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