Some of Sophie's notable cases include:
Sophie acted for two rape and assault victims in successful challenges by way of the Victims Right to Review following decisions not to prosecute their perpetrators. Both cases have since resulted in charges.
Sophie acted for a victim of child abuse and trafficking in a claim against two police forces and two local authorities arising out of their failings to investigate and protect. The claim settled for a substantial sum of damages.
Sophie successfully applied for judicial review of a Coroner’s inquest following an insufficient enquiry into the death of a woman who died following domestic abuse. The inquest was quashed and a new inquest ordered.
Sophie acted for a victim of trafficking and coercive control in a challenge by way of the Victims Right to Review Scheme, resulting in the perpetrator being charged with coercive control.
Sophie successfully applied for judicial review of a Coroner’s inquest following an insufficient enquiry into the death of a vulnerable woman. The inquest was quashed and a new inquest ordered.
Sophie acted for the family of Linah Keza in civil proceedings against the police following her domestic homicide. Three officers were found guilty of gross misconduct. The civil claim settled for substantial damages, together with a formal apology and assurances of lessons learned. See the Guardian's report here.
Sophie acted for the family of Anne-Marie Nield in the inquest following her murder by her ex-partner. Coroner found that her death was preceded by failings by Greater Manchester Police. See report in the Manchester Evening News here.
Sophie acted for the family of Donna Williamson who was murdered by her ex partner. The Coroner found significant failings by the Metropolitan Police Service and made a series of prevention of future death reports. See report in the Guardian here.
Sophie acted for the family of JXO following her murder by her ex-partner. The first DHR was challenged and a new DHR commissioned. The civil claim settled for substantial damages, together with a formal apology and assurances of lessons learned.
Sophie acted for a child who was a victim of online grooming. The police had failed to investigate her perpetrator exposing her to abuse for a further year. The civil claim settled for substantial damages, together with a formal apology and assurances of lessons learned.
Sophie acted for a victim of trafficking and sexual exploitation. She successfully challenged the decision to close the police investigation and settled her claim for breaches of Article 4 ECHR.
Sophie acted for a refugee who had been advised to plead guilty to illegal entry. She applied on her behalf to the CCRC and her conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal. Sophie also acted for her in a professional negligence claim against the former solicitors and obtained damages from the Home Office for her unlawful immigration detention at the conclusion of her criminal detention.
Assisted Raju Bhatt in representing the deceased’s family in their quest for justice in relation to police restraint related death of Olaseni Lewis at Bethlem Royal Hospital, including investigation by the IPCC, eventual inquest culminating in a jury verdict highly critical of police and hospital staff alike, subsequent police disciplinary proceedings, and ultimately a formal apology and substantial settlement in satisfaction of claim for assault, negligence, misfeasance and breaches of the HRA 1998 against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
A civil claim leading to substantial award of damages to protester at a trade union demonstration in November 2013.
A civil claim and complaint on behalf of a young victim of a racially motivated attack, where police failed to treat him as a victim of crime. These officers went on to face disciplinary proceedings and the case settled with an apology and damages. The case has been used by the IPCC to develop their new guidance on dealing with allegations of discriminations and an article was published in Vice magazine about Omar’s experience of the complaint’s process.
Secured an admission that the failure by police to investigate a racist attack had been discriminatory and breached the HRA, and substantial damages. The police are making a training film about the events which will be viewed by every officer in the Constabulary as part of their training to ensure that lessons are learned. The Observer published a feature on the case which can be read here.
Settlement of £40,000 awarded to a family following an unlawful raid on their property arising out of information provided to the police following the London riots in August 2011.
Civil claim settled for damages, for discrimination on the basis of the Claimant’s accent during an immigration ‘spot-check’ in South London.
Sophie acted for a refugee who had been wrongfully advised by her criminal firm to plead guilty to illegal entry. Her client’s conviction was successfully overturned. Subsequently Sophie sued the criminal firm for professional negligence and her client’s received a sum of damages.
Court of Appeal case challenging the lawfulness of the arrests of a number of people on the day of the Royal Wedding on the basis that those arrests were in breach of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court of Appeal rejected the challenge and leave has been granted to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Successful criminal appeal on behalf a victim of trafficking following a guilty plea for possession of false documents.
Settlement and apology awarded in claim for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, race discrimination and breaches of the investigative Article 3 duty.
PA v Chief Constable of Nottingham Police (2011)
£20,250 damages and an apology to man who claimed that he had been a victim of race discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.
Settlement and apology achieved on behalf of two children and their mothers. The mothers achieved a settlement for race discrimination on the basis that they were denied their right to act as appropriate adults simply because they did not speak English as a first language.
Landmark Court of Appeal judgment overturning the convictions of refugees who had been wrongly advised of their defence under s31 Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Sophie acted for one of the appellants.