Biography

Sonia recently completed Redress Schemes for Personal Injuries (Hart 2017), a major comparative study of personal injury compensation schemes (jointly authored with Christopher Hodges and others), which can be viewed as the ADR equivalent for personal injuries. No-Blame resolution is a very topical area, with plans to implement new no-blame redress schemes in both England and Scotland. Sonia has been in discussions with the Department of Health and the Scottish government on their respective plans for no-blame redress schemes, as well as on the wider issue of rising clinical negligence costs.

Early in 2019 Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Safety: A Study in Public and Private Regulation (jointly authored with Dr Sweta Chakraborty) will be published. It includes 35 case studies on major liability cases involving medicines and medical device injuries, to determine whether the safety signal came from litigation, medical professionals, or the pharmacovigilance system. This book systematically examines how well patient safety is protected by public and private regulation, and how these systems have evolved over the years.  

Alongside her academic work Sonia is currently acting as a researcher for the Independent Medicines and Medical Device Safety Review, which has been set up to examine safety concerns raised by Primodos and other hormonal pregnancy tests, sodium valproate and vaginal mesh.  

Research projects