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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Sharon Beattie 1986

SB

Recommendations:

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Professional Discipline): “She’s really impressive, a fantastically organised advocate. She is completely on top of the information and the case as a whole.” “She is very experienced and has dealt with some high-profile complex cases.” “She’s a big hitter – I am very comfortable instructing her on quite serious and challenging allegations.”

Legal 500 2016 (Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing):  “Recommended for medical disciplinary cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2016 (Professional Discipline): “She is a very much a leading light in dealing with vulnerable patient cases and often the first choice for the really complex matters. She’s a real top class performer.  She’s very experienced, she’s seen and done everything and nothing phases her”.

Legal 500 2015 (Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing): “Specialises in medical regulatory matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2015 (Professional Discpline): “Regularly acts on behalf of the GMC in regulatory cases involving complex and technical medical evidence.”

Legal 500 2014 (Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing): “Practical and intellectual.”

Chambers and Partners 2014 (Professional Discipline) as “very experienced and handles some challenging cases. She is a safe pair of hands.”

Chambers and Partners 2013 (Professional Discipline) “produces excellent advocacy, is energetic and always on top of her papers.” “She has a strong track record in GMC cases concerning sexual misconduct and performance issues.”

Recommended in the Legal 500 2013 as an “expert in medical disciplinary cases”.

 

Sharon specialises in Medical Disciplinary/Regulatory Work and Serious Crime.

Sharon is regularly instructed to present the most complex cases before the General Medical Counsel. She therefore has vast experience in cross-examination of the most difficult witnesses including professionals, experts and also including extremely vulnerable witnesses.

Her meticulous preparation, attention to detail and skilful advocacy lends her to being instructed in the most serious of cases and she is widely regarded as one of the leading juniors within chambers’ specialist GMC team.Sharon is also instructed in cases involving serious crime. She has achieved a placement on the CPS Advocacy Panel at level four and also has a place on the Specialist Rape Panel. Sharon is regularly instructed to prosecute offences of homicide and has a particular interest in cases involving medical and scientific evidence dealing with causation, paediatric pathology and deaths during surgery.

Sharon is often first choice in sensitive and high profile sexual cases and has prosecuted consultant psychiatrists (R v Kerr (2006)2 Cr App R 31) and R v Haslam as well as other medical professionals.

Sharon enjoys defence work and has often been instructed to represent juvenile defendants charged with serious crime and defendants with mental health issues. She represented the defence in a case where the indictment was stayed as an abuse of process as a result of the ‘suggestible’ defendant’s memory having been affected by post incident counselling. The ruling formed the basis of the article ‘Abuse of Process and the Suggestible Defendant’ (Archbold News).

 

Sexual offences

Acted in cases which have been both sensitive and high profile. Including the prosecution of consultant psychiatrists (R v Kerr (2006) 2 Cr App R 31) and R v Haslam) as well as other medical professionals.

Acted for the Prosecution in the Court of Appeal in the case of R v S (Andrew) CA [2006] EWCA Crime 1303) – Authority re creditworthiness of witnesses under s100(1)(b) (See Archbold 2007 13-15)

Acted for the Prosecution in the case of a police officer charged with Rape which involved complex toxicological evidence. Recently involved in the prosecution of a defendant in respect of the rape of four adult female complainants, and involving various medical and toxicological issues such as the effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as the time for the effects of the same to dissipate.

Acted for the Prosecution in a case involving “stranger” attacks upon female students in their lodgings. Case dependent upon (“similar fact”) bad character and scientific evidence.

Acted for the Defence in a case in which the Indictment was stayed as an ‘Abuse of Process’ as a result of the ‘suggestible’ defendant’s memory having been affected by post incident counselling. The ruling formed the basis of the Article “Abuse of Process and the Suggestible Defendant” (Archbold News)

Acted for the Defence in a case in which the Indictment was stayed as an Abuse of Process. One of the issues in the case involved “childhood amnesia” and the age at which memories are formed and retained.

Acted for the Defence in cases in which defendants have had mental health difficulties including low mental ages and intelligence.

 

Robbery and other offences of Dishonesty

Instructed by the Crown in cases of armed robbery involving issues such as cell site evidence and facial mapping as well as other scientific evidence.

Has acted in fraud cases some of which have involved jurisdictional issues.

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