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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 matters at both County Court and High Court levels. She is particularly interested in personal injury matters, housing law, judicial review, liquor licensing, insolvency and inquests.

Sophie also regularly accepts instructions in claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination at the Industrial Tribunal and the Fair Employment Tribunal.

Since being called to the Bar, Sophie has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Junior Panel of Counsel, the Government Legal Service for Northern Ireland (GLSNI) Civil Panel of Counsel and the Coroners’ Service Panel of Counsel.

Sophie also has experience representing Defendants in criminal matters at both Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court level.

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. She continues that interest having gained experience on pupillage in a number of related areas including: medical negligence actions, medical treatment related inquests, hearings in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and declaratory orders relating to patients’ capacity and their best interests. During her time at Durham University, Sophie also delivered a number of talks to her peers on legal policy and human rights issues including immigration, sex work and abortion. She also completed criminal and civil law mini-pupillages at Trinity Chambers and Parklane Plowden.

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

At the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Sophie was selected to compete at the International Law School Mediation Competition in Glasgow, achieving a second-place finish with a team of her peers. She also undertook training in the Industrial Tribunal as part of a pro bono advice programme for trainees.

Sophie graduated from the Institute of Professional Studies with a Distinction and as the first-placed trainee Barrister that year. She also ranked as the first-placed Bar trainee in the exit examination.

Since her call to the Bar, Sophie has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel, the Government Legal Service for Northern Ireland (GLSNI) Civil Panel of Counsel and the Coroners’ Service Panel of Counsel.