Sophie acts in cases involving the full range of medical specialisms and a wide range of injuries.
In Inquests, Sophie has experience of difficult cases involving a wide range of healthcare matters involving medical and psychiatric treatment, including prison deaths and those within Hospital Trusts. Sophie appears on behalf of families and Trusts, and represents the interests of doctors. She is happy to consider acting pro bono in appropriate cases, given the difficulty faced by many seeking to fund representation in the coronial setting.
Sophie has significant experience of Regulatory & Discipline law and has enjoyed considerable success acting for nurses before the NMC, and as prosecutor for the GDC.
Sophie is Tier 1 ranked in Legal 500 for Clinical Negligence, which describes her as “a phenomenally capable counsel who combines intellectual rigour, impeccable judgement, attention to detail, and determination”.
Sophie has a wide experience of Personal Injury cases including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, highways, road traffic accidents, the Animals Act, product liability, industrial disease, fatal accidents, Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) cases, Criminal Injury Claims (CICA) appeals and Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) appeals.
Sophie’s main area of expertise are claims concerning multiple or complex injuries. She is sought after for her strong focus on client care and robust advice, and is regularly instructed in claims involving serious spinal injuries, having particular expertise in this field.
Sophie is happy to work on a nil-uplift Conditional Fee Agreement basis in appropriate cases.
Sophie is tier 1 ranked for Clinical Negligence in Legal 500, with experience advising on cases in the full range of medical contexts. She has a keen eye for the forensic analysis required to successfully claim and defend in this field.
She has advised on the following range of cases in recent years:
Sophie is happy to work on a nil-uplift CFA basis in appropriate Clinical Negligence cases.
DS (in her own right and on behalf of the estate of GS) v (1) DR JM (2) PB (3) UT (2019)
Lawtel – £239,545 delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer.
AE v Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2020)
Lawtel – £241,569 surgical injury accelerating back and spinal conditions.
AB v Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2019)
Lawtel – £902,841 hepatobiliary injury leading to sepsis and multiple amputation
IW v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Lawtel – £1,329,073 lower limb amputation arising as a result of delayed treatment of infection.
CL (on her own behalf and on behalf of the estate of AL, Deceased) v (1) DB; (2) DS (2018)
Lawtel – £692,718 psychiatric disorder caused by inappropriate prescription.
Sophie is experienced in healthcare regulatory work. Her Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) work has included successfully defending a broad variety of allegations including assault by practitioners, medication errors, fatal overdoses, alcoholism, drug addiction, record keeping errors, and more.
Sophie has experience representing both the interests of medical professionals and relatives of the deceased at Inquests.
She also represents families whose relatives have died as a result of suspected Clinical Negligence.
In addition, Sophie has experience of advisory work leading up to the inquest including:
Throughout the course of her career, Sophie has gained extensive experience of cases where she has represented vulnerable clients who lack capacity (including those with learning disabilities and brain injury). Sophie has been consistently praised for her attention to detail and client-centred sensitive approach. She has significant experience dealing with mental health care and treatment along with experience representing professionals working within hospitals, prisons, community and other care settings with vulnerable individuals.
Sophie is highly adept at working with experts, professionals and vulnerable clients alike with a Tier 1 Legal 500 ranking for clinical negligence. Against the backdrop of this experience, Sophie is building her Court of Protection practice in Health and Welfare matters where she has received unsolicited praise for her ‘hard work’ and ‘considered tact’ within the context of proceedings to determine capacity and s.16 decision making in relation to care and residence.
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