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SOPHIE BRIGGS

Year of Call: 2017

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Criminal Law
Employment Law
Personal Injury

Biography

Sophie is currently accepting instructions in all practice areas.

In particular, Sophie has interest and experience in civil law including personal injury, medical law and negligence, employment law, judicial review, licensing, commercial law and chancery. She also has interest and experience in a wide range of criminal matters.

Qualifications

LLB Law with First Class Honours - St Aidan’s College, Durham University (Ranked 1st in College)

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies with Distinction – IPLS, QUB (Ranked 1st in Class)

Experience

At Durham University Sophie developed a particular academic interest in medical law and ethics. Sophie continues that interest in medical law having gained experience on pupillage in a number of clinical negligence cases comprising birth injury, hospital, surgical and emergency medicine negligence; medical treatment related inquests; hearings in the Mental Health Review Tribunal; and declaratory orders of patients’ capacity and best interests in the context of medical treatment.

Sophie also delivered a number of talks to her peers whilst at Durham on legal policy and human rights issues of particular interest to her including immigration, sex work and abortion.

Whilst studying in England Sophie undertook mini-pupillages at Trinity Chambers and Parklane Plowden.

Sophie subsequently graduated Durham with First Class Honours and as the first-placed graduate in her college and the fifth-placed graduate overall.

Whilst at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Sophie was chosen to compete at the International Law School Mediation Competition in Glasgow where the team was placed second overall. Sophie also undertook training in the Industrial Tribunal as part of a pro bono advice programme for trainees.

Sophie subsequently graduated the IPLS with Distinction and as the first-placed trainee Barrister. She was also ranked as the first-placed Bar trainee in the exit examination.