Sophie Holme

Year of call: 2009

"Sophie combines a fierce intellect with meticulous attention to detail. She is also tactically astute."
LEGAL 500 2022

Sophie Sophie

Sophie Holme is a leading junior with a strong reputation for representing Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence and personal injury claims. 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, Trusts and represents the interests of doctors. Sophie 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 and Discipline law and has enjoyed considerable success acting for nurses before the NMC and as prosecuting 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.’.

Personal Injury

Sophie has a wide experience of personal injury cases including employers' liability, occupiers' liability, highways, road traffic accidents, animals' act, product liability, industrial disease, fatal accidents, MIB cases, CICA appeals and CRU appeals.

Sophie’s main area of expertise are claims concerning multiple or complex injuries. Sophie is sought after for her strong focus on client care and robust advice. SSHE is regularly instructed in claims involving serious spinal injuries and has particular expertise in this field.

Sophie is happy to work on a nil-uplift CFA basis in appropriate cases.

Clinical Negligence

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. By way of a limited example, she has advised on the following range of cases in recent years:

  • Cardiology and cardiac surgery: inappropriate treatment of acute coronary syndrome, delayed diagnosis of endocarditis, surgical delay cases and surgical negligence cases;
  • Consent: failure to appropriately consent to treatment in a wide variety of contexts including gastric surgery, cardiology, orthopaedic cases, spinal surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology;
  • Cancer diagnosis and treatment claims: bowel, bladder, skin, osteosarcoma and lung cases.
  • General Practice: inappropriate advice, examination, delayed diagnosis and incorrect prescription cases.
  • Hepato-biliary: surgical negligence leading to serious permanent injury;
  • Microbiology: hospital acquired infections, inappropriate antibiotics or inappropriate dosages, failure to obtain microbiology advice when required;
  • Neurology: delayed diagnosis of brain tumour leading to catastrophic injury, delayed diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, stroke (failure to prevent and failure to treat) and spinal injuries;
  • Nursing: full range of cases involving all aspects of nursing in which Sophie has a particular interest as a result of her experience defending nurses before the NMC.
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology: wrongful birth, post-partum haemorrhage, Erb’s Palsy, intrauterine growth restriction and stillbirth, intra-partum care; failed sterilisation, hysterectomy, gynaecological surgery resulting in injury to the gastro-intestinal tract, bladder, uterus and/or ureters;
  • Otorhinolaryngology: recurrent laryngeal nerve injury;
  • Psychology/Psychiatry: inappropriate treatment, medication, failure to prevent suicide, secondary victim claims and a wide range of other multiple psychiatric injury claims consequential upon physical injury;
  • Radiology and neuroradiology;
  • Rheumatology: chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue cases;
  • Urology: iatrogenic ureteric injury, drug induced kidney failure, stress and urge incontinence cases, surgical negligence cases;
  • Vascular/endocrinology: inappropriate prescription, failed management of thrombosis leading to amputation.

By way of example, Sophie acted successfully on the following reported 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.

RC v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (2016) – Lawtel - £119,949 obstetric management leading to hysterectomy, infertility and psychiatric injury.

Sophie is happy to work on a nil-uplift CFA basis in appropriate cases

Professional Discipline

Sophie is experienced in healthcare regulatory work. Her 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 etc.

Inquests

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, she has experience of advisory work leading up to the inquest including: evidence, disclosure, Article 2 issues, the need for a jury, expert evidence and funding in the inquest context.

Recommendations


LEGAL 500 2022

Clinical Negligence

‘Sophie combines a fierce intellect with meticulous attention to detail. She is also tactically astute.' 

Ranked: Tier 1


LEGAL 500 2021

Clinical Negligence

‘A phenomenally capable counsel who combines intellectual rigour, impeccable judgement, attention to detail, and determination.' 

Ranked: Tier 1


CHAMBERS UK 2021

Clinical Negligence - Band 2

Praised for her representation of both claimants and defendants in surgical negligence cases. She also has substantial experience in Article 2 inquests. Further expertise lies in birth injuries as well as delay and failure to treat claims.

Strengths: "Has meticulous attention to detail and is extremely thorough in her consideration of all issues in a case relating to both liability investigations and quantum investigations. She is very down to earth and approachable and puts clients at ease." "She is a pleasure to work with and is excellent on paper."


LEGAL 500 2020

Clinical Negligence

"A very safe pair of hands on high value and complex cases."


CHAMBERS UK 2019

Clinical Negligence

Praised for her representation of both claimants and defendants in surgical negligence cases. She also has substantial experience in Article 2 inquests. Further expertise lies in birth injuries as well as delay and failure to treat claims.

"She is bright, personable and utterly reliable. Clients love her empathetic nature and ability to grasp issues quickly. She is quick to respond to instructions, offers sensible and measured advice and is always on the end of the telephone if needed." "She is incredibly meticulous and always takes time to analyse cases methodically and thoroughly. She is extremely capable and very good with clients and experts alike, with a very sympathetic approach. Her apparently calm manner belies her ability in a fight."

Recent work: Advised on an Article 2 inquest concerning a death from gallstone-related pancreatitis following delay in providing surgical treatment.


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Clinical Negligence

Leading Junior - Band 3

Praised for her representation of both claimants and defendants in surgical negligence cases. She is also adept at handling inquests.

Strengths: "She is absolutely meticulous, has forensic attention to detail and a lovely client manner. She's also very tactically able." "Always willing to pick up the phone and talk things through before sending papers over, very down to earth, good in conferences and always gives solid, practical advice." "Very precise and thorough - she takes time to understand complex issues."

Recent work: Defended a registered general nurse in a negligence case concerning allegations of failure to observe and monitor patients.


LEGAL 500 2017

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

‘She is very reasonable yet uncompromising in a fight.’


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Clinical Negligence

Leading Junior (Up and coming Individual)

Acts for claimants and defendants, gaining significant recognition for her clinical negligence practice. In addition, she also offers expertise in personal injury and serves as counsel at inquests.

Strengths: "She's very precise and thorough. She takes time to understand complex issues and is good with clients and experts alike." "A safe pair of hands and detail-orientated." "Incredibly meticulous and very good in a fight."

Recent work: Successfully defended a nurse accused of inappropriate practice.


LEGAL 500 2016

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'She is meticulous, reasonable and has an ability to fight for her client.'


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Clinical Negligence

Leading Junior (Up and coming Individual)

A rising presence in the field of clinical negligence with additional expertise in personal injury work. She is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

Strengths: "She is very thorough and precise. She takes the time to understand complex issues and is good with clients and experts alike." "She is very pragmatic, and clients love her."


LEGAL 500 2015

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'Extremely caring with vulnerable clients, but doesn't mind getting her hands dirty in a fight'.


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Clinical Negligence

Leading Junior (Up and coming Individual)

Heavily focused on clinical negligence, with a small portion of her practice consisting of personal injury work. She principally acts on behalf of claimants. Expertise: "She is a rising star, extremely good with clients, and her written advice is excellent."

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Personal Injury: Caroline Evans or Olive Kavanagh or Emily Webb

Clinical Negligence: Caroline Evans or Olive Kavanagh or Emily Webb

Regulatory & Discipline: Olive Kavanagh or Stephen Arnold

Appointments

  • Associate Lecturer, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England
  • Legal & Regulatory Affairs Manager, Independent Schools Council
  • Translator & Editor of Academic Research into Globalisation, Groupes d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Mondialisations, Paris

Memberships

  • PIBA
  • AVMA

education

  • BVC, UWE Bristol - Outstanding
  • MSt, European Literature, University of Oxford
  • BA, French & Linguistics, University of Oxford