Sophie Naftalin is a solicitor in our police law department specialising in civil actions against the police and other bodies within the criminal justice system.
Sophie has achieved successful outcomes in claims against the police and other statutory agencies arising out of assaults, detentions and prosecutions, unlawful raids and the retention of inaccurate data, in addition to discrimination claims and damages claims arising out of deaths in custody. Sophie also has extensive experience in the police complaints process and a number of officers in her clients’ cases have gone on to face disciplinary proceedings.
In recent years Sophie has developed a significant caseload of clients seeking accountability as victims of hate crime and domestic violence who have been failed by the investigative process. She has developed a particular expertise in racially aggravated assaults and discrimination and she regularly delivers training in this field.
Sophie also has a longstanding interest in the criminalisation of immigration. She regularly represents refugees and victims of trafficking who have been wrongfully prosecuted. She has brought successful criminal appeals on behalf of those who have been wrongfully convicted of document offences following incorrect legal advice. She also works to achieve accountability through the civil courts for these wrongs, including by way of professional negligence claims or private law claims against state agencies.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Sophie was an accredited police station representative and she continues to draws on her criminal defence experience in her civil work.
Sophie is on the executive committee of StopWatch. She is also an active member of Police Action Lawyers Group and Inquest Lawyers Group.