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Sara Ellis

Sara Ellis


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 The Avenue
M3 3AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Sara is an Associate at CMS within the Professional Discipline and Regulatory Team in Manchester Team  in Manchester.

Within her role, Sara’s responsibilities are to manage a mixed caseload of regulatory matters, including prosecuting cases on behalf of the General Optical Council and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and defending doctors in General Medical Council cases and inquest proceedings. Typical tasks involve case analysis, identifying and obtaining evidence such as witness statements and expert reports, preparing cases for hearing and advising regulatory clients regarding evidence and procedural matters.

Sara has assisted on defence regulatory matters, including Fitness to Practise proceedings for medical practitioners. During her work for these clients, Sara considered disclosure from the prosecution or regulatory body in relation to the allegations or the offence with which the client had been charged, giving specific consideration as to whether the evidence meets the burden of proof.

Within her previous roles, Sara has also gained experience dealing with healthcare matters and would regularly undertake tasks such as instructing experts, communicating with clients to obtain instructions and drafting witness statements based on those instructions. Sara worked on medical matters for a number of years and is also familiar with reading and interpreting medical records.

Sara has previously assisted senior colleagues in a number of cases defending clients in the criminal Courts (including in high profile and multi-defendant cases).

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Relevant experience

  • Attending a hearing in General Medical Council (“GMC”) proceedings, on behalf of a doctor facing allegations in relation to a child patient and failures to take an appropriate history, assess and examine the patient and maintain an adequate record. The case was unusual in that the GMC instructed an expert in a different specialism to the doctor, to opine on the allegations. Following closure of the GMC case, we were able to make a half-time submission to challenge whether the GMC had met their burden in relation to the allegations.
  • Assisting with the preparation in GMC proceedings, on behalf of a doctor facing extensive misconduct allegations relating to dishonesty, as well as allegations in relation to performance. The allegations span several years.
  • Assisting with the preparation in GMC proceedings, on behalf of a doctor facing allegations in relation providing life prolonging treatment for patients who should not have received such treatment due to the nature and extent of their condition.
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2014 - LPC The University of Law Manchester, Manchester

2011 - LLB The University of Salford, Salford

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