Year of Call: 2013
Bar Professional Training Course (Kaplan Law School – 2013)
Maitrise en droit (Universite de Rennes I – 2012)
LLB Law (European) (University of Exeter – 2012
Areas of work:
Sophie joined Chambers in January 2016. Prior to joining 9 Kings Bench Walk, Sophie worked as a Crown Prosecutor, following completion of her pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service in November 2015.
During her time with the CPS, Sophie prosecuted a wide range of offences in the Magistrates’ Court, and a variety of hearings in the Crown Court also.
Sophie has an excellent understanding of the approach to the prosecution of cases, which facilitates a successful defence practice. As such, Sophie is able to advise clients logically and effectively in a wide variety of cases.
Sophie currently appears in both the Magistrates and Crown Court, for both the prosecution and defence. Sophie has experience representing both adults and youths, from the first appearance at court, through to trial, and sentence if required.
Further, Sophie is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to represent them before both the Health and Conduct & Competence Committees in a range of hearings.
R v B (Kingston)
Currently representing a female defendant alleged to have burned her partner with hair straighteners during a domestic dispute.
R v H (Kingston)
Represented the defendant, charged with two counts of intent to supply cannabis and possessing criminal property. Having accepted possession of the drugs but denying any intention to supply, the defendant was acquitted of all three matters after trial.
F & others v R (Central Criminal Court)
Prosecuted the appeal of four appellants given custodial sentences for staging prank heists at two central London locations and uploading video footage to the internet. All appeals against sentence were dismissed.
B v R (Luton)
Prosecuted an appeal against a destruction order after a dog attacked a young child. Despite an expert witness for the defence, the appeal was successfully dismissed. Subsequently advised the CPS on contesting a further appeal by the appellant to the High Court.
R v B & B (Croydon)
Two sisters, both under 15, acquitted after trial of threatening behaviour in the street. Despite having to release an additional defence witness before giving evidence, the magistrates found the complainant unconvincing.
R v A (Wimbledon)
Defendant acquitted of a racial public order offence following a dispute with neighbours over several years. Grave inconsistencies between Crown witness statements and live evidence were found.
R v B (Stratford)
Successfully defended a client alleged to have harassed his Mother. Reasonable conduct was found by the magistrates.
NMC v S
Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council over an eight-day hearing where a nurse was alleged to have made over forty errors when administering controlled drugs. The panel found the majority of the matters proved, including elements of dishonesty, and the nurse was removed from the register.
NMC v Q
Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council through a contested hearing where a nurse was alleged to have slapped a patient with dementia. Despite contending that it had been an isolated, instinctive reaction and therefore not intentional, the panel found the nurse’s misconduct required a finding of current impairment in fitness to practise.
Outside of work, Sophie is fluent in French, enjoys travelling and is a keen baker. Sophie judges at the annual mock trial competition in New York, as part of the Empire program, as well as mentoring British schools for the National Competition in the UK.