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Sophie Beesley

Call: 2012

"She develops a good rapport with her clients which helps put them at ease. She's also very impressive on her feet and her written work is exceptional." "She's very brave, very quick and works to a high standard."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Sophie is technically excellent, with strong legal knowledge far beyond her years call. She is loved by clients given her personable, courteous and compassionate nature. However, get her in the courtroom or in a negotiation with the other side and she is a force to be reckoned with."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Sophie was called to the Bar in July 2012 and joined Old Square Chambers in October 2013. She specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury cases, and inquests. Sophie’s only defence work is through her appointment to the Attorney General’s C panel where she represents the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Home Office in similar cases, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in public law matters. Sophie is ranked in both the UK’s leading legal directories, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Sophie’s particular interest is in sensitive cases where clients are vulnerable or affected by trauma. Her current cases include childbirth deaths and injuries, stillbirths, preventable suicides, management of mental health in outpatient settings, post-traumatic stress disorder (with a focus on the Armed Forces and in the context of sexual abuse and violence), modern slavery and inquests and fatal accidents, including murders in immigration detention and probation hostels.

Sophie’s original degree was in psychology. She came to the Bar after a successful career with Deloitte and The Prince’s Trust. She was deputy director of a domestic violence legal pro-bono service, a magistrate and bench chair for over ten years, and established and still runs a charity supporting a children’s home in South Africa. In 2018, supported by the Pegasus Trust, Sophie undertook human rights cases in Australia for the Aboriginal Legal Service. In 2019/20, she was sole counsel to the Paterson Inquiry.

This background underpins the recognition Sophie has received for building trust between clients, solicitors and experts, and for responsive and reliable client care.

In her free time Sophie enjoys being outdoors. Her family are from Cornwall where she escapes to the coast path. She loves sailing and has competed in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Her partner is a talented chef and Sophie enjoys eating his efforts. The dream is of a bolthole by the sea and a dog (small disagreement as to whether that will be an Italian Greyhound or an Alsatian).

Appointments

  • 2017 Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel to the Crown

Qualifications

  • First Class BSc Psychology Degree (Hons) from the University of Warwick.
  • Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills from City University, London

Prizes

  • 2018 Pegasus Scholarship to undertake legal voluntary work abroad
  • 2012 Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year for achieving the highest BPTC result
  • 2012 Bristol Law School prize for achieving the highest BPTC result
  • 2012 Carol Crowdy prize for the highest mark in the BPTC Civil Litigation and Evidence module
  • Winner of 2012 Albion Chambers’ family advocacy and criminal advocacy competitions
  • Winner of 2012 Guildhall Chambers’ civil & commercial advocacy competition
  • Winner of 2012 Master’s award in the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators national mediation competition
  • 2012 Lincoln’s Inn Megarry scholarship
  • 2011 Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning scholarship (major BPTC award)

Professional Recommendations

“She develops a good rapport with her clients which helps put them at ease. She’s also very impressive on her feet and her written work is exceptional.” “She’s very brave, very quick and works to a high standard.” “Very approachable and thorough.” “A very good advocate. She is clear and fair.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Sophie is technically excellent, with strong legal knowledge far beyond her years call. She is loved by clients given her personable, courteous and compassionate nature. However, get her in the courtroom or in a negotiation with the other side and she is a force to be reckoned with.” “Combines strong legal knowledge and technical ability with excellent client skills.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Identifies the issues quickly and has a lively manner with clients. She’s sensitive in her dealings with them while giving clear and sound advice.” “Very impressive, thorough and detailed. A safe pair of hands.” “She’s intelligent, clear, approachable and very quick in responding to instructions. She’s good at dealing with both clients and experts.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“A very fine advocate who is very good on her feet.” “Very client-friendly and very personable.” “Very meticulous in the way she drafts documents, very engaging with clients and very proactive.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

Expertise

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury

Inquests & Inquiries

Administrative and Public Law


Recent and current work

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