Called in 2006
Education and Training:
Direct Access Accreditation
ICSL (BVC and LLM Distinction); University of Kent (LLB 1st Class); Universite Montesquieu Bordeaux IV (Licence en Droit);
Harmsworth Scholar of Middle Temple
Sophie practises predominantly on the South Eastern Circuit, appearing regularly in courts and tribunals in London, Kent (her home county) and Essex.
Sophie is happy to travel further afield on request for advocacy, conferences and to deliver seminars.
Sophie enjoys a mixed common law practice with a focus on family law.
Sophie has extensive experience across the spectrum of residence, contact and placement proceedings under the Children Act; appearing in both private and public law disputes. She is often instructed on behalf of parents and local authorities alike which places her in an excellent position to anticipate arguments from both perspectives and accordingly achieve the best possible result for her client. She has particular experience dealing with vulnerable young Mothers in both private law disputes and care proceedings and is known for her approachable yet robust manner.
Sophie has specific experience of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) which currently sits at Inner London Family Proceedings Court.
Sophie has appeared in the High Court on several occasions, including in Wardship proceedings and has been instructed on long running complex care matters with multiple, historic, sexual abuse allegations listed for several weeks.
Sophie further is regularly instructed in financial matters, both arising under the Matrimonial Causes Act and also cohabitee claims under TOLATA.
Sophie has given accredited seminars in her areas of expertise, most recently in respect of Financial Relief and running ‘Middle-Income’ cases. Sophie is happy to give tailored seminars.
Civil (General and Employment)
Sophie maintains an interest and practice in general civil law including employment law and accepts instructions from employers, employees, insurance companies and private individuals.
She undertakes advisory and drafting work in these areas as well as advocacy. She contributes to the 5 Pump Court Civil Group Update.
Sophie is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access to Barristers scheme.
Memberships and Affiliations
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Family Law Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association