Sophie practises predominantly in housing law, as well as in immigration and asylum law. She wishes to continue to develop a community care practice.
Sophie is committed to representing marginalised and vulnerable people in society.
Housing and Homelessness
Sophie provides advice and representation in all areas of housing law including possession proceedings and related appeals, disrepair and anti-social behaviour injunctions. She has experience in advancing all public law defences.
Sophie accepts instructions in homelessness cases. She has previous experience in assisting vulnerable clients in the homelessness context, including drafting section 202 Housing Act reviews. Sophie’s experience in representing asylum seekers and migrants means that she is well placed to advise on eligibility and vulnerability in the context of priority need.
Sophie is keen to develop a practice in community care law. She has previously represented clients in challenges against decisions relating to the provision of accommodation and support under the Children Act 1989 and Care Act 2014.
Immigration and Asylum
Sophie represents clients in asylum appeals, EEA appeals, deportation appeals, bail applications and accepts instructions in judicial review claims. She regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tier Immigration Tribunals. She has experience in representing victims of trafficking, those with complex mental health conditions and children.
Background and Experience
Sophie has a law degree in English and French Law. She studied French Law for a year at the University in Lyon in France, obtaining the Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Françaises.
She has experience in advising and representing French-speaking clients. Sophie contributed to the Bar Human Rights Committee report on police violence and access to justice in Calais migrant camps in 2016 using her French language skills to obtain relevant evidence.
Sophie has an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College London, in which she specialised in Human Rights, International Refugee Law and received a Distinction for her dissertation on the human rights of child victims of trafficking.
Sophie was awarded a grant to work at the European Commission where she helped to develop new policies relating to the rule of law and access to justice. She then worked as a paralegal at Hansen Palomares Solicitors in legally aided housing and community care cases, securing accommodation for vulnerable clients from local authorities’ housing departments, social services and the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
During her 12 month pupillage she was awarded the Ann Felicity Goddard scholarship from Gray’s Inn for those undertaking predominantly publicly funded work.
Sophie joined Garden Court Chambers in October 2017 following completion of her pupillage in October 2016 under the supervision of Rebecca Chapman and Di Middleton QC. In the intervening period, she continued to develop her practice within Chambers.
Sophie accepts pro bono instructions. She represents clients through the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Bail for Immigration Detainees and the AIRE centre amongst others.
She has previously volunteered for the Waterloo Legal Advice Service, Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile, where she assisted child victims of trafficking, and Vocalise, where she helped train prisoners to develop debating skills.
Sophie is a contributor to Justice Gap and Legal Voice.
She helped draft the chapter relating to Immigration Enforcement in the forthcoming edition of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants: Immigration, Nationality & Refugee Law Handbook.