Shareen is an Associate Solicitor who joined Gillhams Solicitors Court of Protection Team in September 2020. She represents vulnerable people who have been assessed to lack capacity, as defined by the Mental Capacity Act 2005, to manage their property and financial affairs. Shareen advises court appointed Deputy's in the general management of clients' affairs. She specialises in cases where clients who have been awarded a substantial compensation after having suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical negligence (often at birth) or Personal Injury.
Additionally, Shareen has developed a practice in challenging Deputyship Court Orders on grounds of mental capacity and / or best interests' principles. She also has a keen interest in cross-jurisdictional work in the Court of Protection.
Prior to joining Gillhams, Shareen worked as a dual Court of Protection and Litigation Solicitor at a national Legal 500 firm where she also trained. She developed a strong health and welfare practice and regularly represented incapacitated clients (through their litigation friend) in matters relating to: care, residence, contact, surrendering tenancy agreements, micro medical treatment, FMPO, marriage, sexual relations and travel outside of the jurisdiction. Shareen also acted for family members in complex and sensitive cases relating to allegations of sexual abuse and physical abuse in the Court of Protection. As part of this role, Shareen also advised on Public Law matters relating to: EHCP and challenging NHS Continuing Healthcare decisions by way of judicial review.
Shareen's Litigation experiences includes advising and representing clients in debt recovery/money claims; professional negligence claims and contractual disputes. She continues to advise and assist in these areas where relevant on Deputyship matters.
Shareen graduated with a 2:1 in English Literature and Modern History and shortly after she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law ("GDL"). She then completed the LPC with LLM at University Law, graduating with a Distinction.