- 2016 – 2017 BPP Manchester, BPTC – Very Competent
- 2015 – 2016 University of Law Manchester, GDL – Commendation
- 2012 – 2015 Loughborough University, BSc (Hons) – 2:1
Sophie joined 30 Park Place in 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Rhian Jones (Family and Court of Protection) and Andrew Morse (Civil), with mentoring from Andrew Jones (Crime). Since then, Sophie has developed a busy mixed practice, with a focus on criminal proceedings.
Sophie is developing a busy criminal practice and has regularly appeared in the Magistrates and Crown Courts, achieving excellent results both when defending and prosecuting. Sophie has been praised for her meticulous preparation and astute tactical knowledge. Her pragmatic and empathetic approach enables her to build a rapport with clients quickly, even when delivering hard-to-hear advice. She handles issues with sensitivity and diplomacy, though is objective and focused on the issues.
In terms of her family practice, Sophie is regularly instructed in public and private children law matters across the full spectrum of proceedings. She has represented parents and other interested parties in a variety of family law hearings and has experience in first hearings, dispute resolution appointments, final hearings and enforcement proceedings. She has been commended by clients and instructing solicitors alike for her calm and approachable demeanour, diligent preparation and effective advocacy.
Sophie also accepts instructions in all areas of civil litigation, acting for both Claimants and Defendants in personal injury and RTA claims. She has experience of small claims, infant approvals and Stage 3 hearings and hopes to broaden her civil practice to encompass inquests and regulatory proceedings.
Before coming to Law, Sophie was a member of the British Army and read Economics with Human Geography at Loughborough University. After leaving the military, she returned to Manchester to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) before relocating to Cardiff for pupillage. In the intervening period between completing her studies and commencing pupillage, Sophie was employed as a paralegal in the Catastrophic Personal Injury Department at DWF Manchester where she developed an excellent understanding of the multi-track litigation process, including issues arising in relation to liability, quantum and procedure. She then moved to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman where she dealt with claims of a clinical nature against the NHS and other parliamentary bodies of varying complexity.
Whilst undertaking the BPTC, Sophie volunteered with the Personal Support Unit (now Support Through Court) and the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service, during which she developed a keen interest in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings before the General Medical Council.
Away from work, Sophie enjoys swimming, eating out and spending time with her family, friends and vivacious Weimaraner Luna.