Biography

Sophie specialises in family law, appearing at all levels of the Family Court and High Court. Sophie’s practice focuses on matrimonial finance, private law children and injunctive Family Law Act proceedings.

She is an able advocate and negotiator, combining legal expertise with an empathetic approach to client care. Sophie understands the importance of providing robust and considered advice, when required.

Sophie has particular experience representing vulnerable clients, including victims of domestic abuse and people with mental health and substance misuse issues and special educational needs. She ensures that she builds a rapport with clients by providing confident, clear and comprehensible advice, ensuring that they understand and are able to participate fully in the court proceedings.

She instils confidence in her clients that they are being listened to, during what is often, a crisis point in  their lives.

Sophie is an Accredited Mediator and is on the Government Legal Department’s Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel of counsel.

Sophie is experienced at representing clients  in private law children proceedings. Sophie is regularly instructed in serious and complex cases concerning parental alienation, mental health and substance misuse issues, and allegations of harm against the parents and the children.

She works closely with her instructing solicitors and the parents to develop a case strategy.

Sophie accepts instructions for:

  • Emergency ex-parte applications
  • First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments
  • Fact-Finding hearings
  • Dispute Resolution Appointments
  • Final Hearings
  • Enforcement applications
  • Written Advice between hearings

Sophie’s mediation training lends itself to knowing when it is more appropriate and productive to negotiate and settle matters, rather than unnecessarily fight in court.

Sophie frequently represents clients in matrimonial finance proceedings and financial dispute resolution following relationship breakdown. She adopts a forensic approach to Ancillary Relief applications and has been involved in cases concerning complex non-disclosure issues.

She is highly commended for her astute attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings. She advises clients on issues such as financial disclosure and assists clients in preparing for paper only hearings.  

Sophie frequently  accepts instructions for urgent applications under the Family Law Act, where she quickly assimilates the facts and arguments. She remains calm under pressure and represents clients confidently at emergency ex parte hearings.

Sophie represents clients in child abduction cases within and out of this jurisdiction. She accepts without notice and short notice instructions. She has successfully opposed applications under the 1980 Hague Convention in the High Court, and has a growing practice in international child abduction cases.

To instruct Sophie please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush.

Education

  • LL.B.(Hons) University of Bristol

Memberships

  • AG's Junior Junior Panel Counsel

Prizes

  • Jules Thorn (Major) Scolarship, Middle Temple
  • BPP Advocacy Prize

Languages

  • Spanish