SOPHIA STAPLETON

Called to the Bar in 2015

Lincoln's Inn

Family, Crime, Education

 

Sophia joined 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings in the Autumn 2016 for pupillage and became a member of chambers in 2018.

 

Sophia has a mixed practice including crime, education and family law. She also has experience of dealing with applications for sexual risk orders, criminal behaviour orders, sexual harm prevention orders and non-molestation orders.

 

Prior to starting pupillage, Sophia worked at Thomson Reuters for Practical Law Employment where her work included writing current awareness updates and carrying out legal research. Sophia is a contributor to the Practical Law Employment Blog, the ICLR blog and Chambers blog.

 

Sophia is also a member of the Equality and Diversity and Pupillage Committees within chambers.

 

Family

 

Public Law

 

Sophia has a varied family practice, representing the Local Authority and parents in public law matters involving care, supervision, adoption, family assistance and special guardianship orders at both final hearings and case management hearings. Sophia also has experience of applications for out-of-hours emergency protection orders.

Sophia regularly drafts practice direction documents, as well as Scott schedules and threshold documents.

 

Sophia undertook a three-month secondment at Medway Council working within the education and child protection legal team.

 

Private Law

 

Sophia has represented applicants and respondents in private children matters including applications for child arrangement (including residence), parental responsibility, prohibited steps and non-molestation orders. Sophia also has experience of fact-findings including those involving serious allegations of domestic violence.

 

Sophia has experience of dealing with transfer of tenancy applications in the county court under part 7 of the Family Law Act.

 

Crime

 

CPS Level 2 accredited

Criminal Bar Association member

 

Sophia has appeared on behalf of the prosecution and defence in various criminal matters for trial, case management, appeal and sentence including ABH, GBH, dangerous dogs, domestic violence, trafficking, burglary, robbery possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs and fraud in the Magistrates' court, Youth court and Crown court.

 

Sophia also lectures in Criminal Law at Canterbury Christ Church University.

 

Education

 

Sophia undertook a three-month secondment at Medway Council, where she dealt with education cases at the First-Tier (SEND) tribunal and School transport appeals.

 

Sophia has represented the Local Authority and parents at appeals on parts B, F and I of an EHC plan, refusal to assess and refusal to issue an EHC plan. 

 

Sophia has also advised on Home to School Transport policies and LGO complaints and provides training on matters of SEN law.

 

Examples of recent work

 

Re: L (The Family Court at Romford) Application for transfer of tenancy from joint to sole tenancy of a local authority property.

Re: S (The Family Court at East London) Application for a child arrangements order including progression to overnight contact for a Father that had not had contact with the child for 8 months.

 

Re: H (The Family Court at Dartford) Application on behalf of the Local Authority, following a 2-day final hearing, for a care order with a care plan of long-term foster care on behalf of the Local Authority.​

Re: F (The Family Court at Brighton) Represented a parent at a contested interim care order hearing where there were significant allegations of neglect.

Re: M (The Family Court at Worthing) Represented a parent at a fact-finding seeking 5 findings of domestic violence, including an incident resulting in a serious life-changing injury. 

Re: V (The Family Court at East London) Application on behalf of the Local Authority for a care order, following a contested final hearing in a case involving international elements.

 

Re: RM (The Crown Court at Canterbury) Represented a vulnerable client in a trial on issue (actus reus hearing). The case involved complexities around the extension of interim hospital orders and the question to be put to the jury concerning an offence of specific intent.

 

R v LK (The Crown Court at St Albans) Dismissal application of all charges including burglary, theft and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

 

R v R (The Youth Court at Willesden) Represented the first defendant in a trial involving GBH under joint enterprise, vulnerable witnesses and three defendants. 

 

R v KB (The Crown Court at Maidstone) Represented a defendant charged with assisting unlawful immigration for trial (Press Coverage)

 

Re: ES (SEND, Royal Courts of Justice) Defended an appeal on part I of the EHCP. The case involved the suitability of the school named by the Local Authority and the school of parental preference.

 

Education/Qualifications

 

2014 – 2015: City Law School – Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)

2010 – 2014: Canterbury Christ Church University – BSc Legal Studies with Biosciences (First Class)

 

Awards

 

Hubert Greenland Scholarship 2016, Lincoln’s Inn

ICLR Pupillage Award 2016
Times Advocacy Award 2014, Second Place
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award 2014, Canterbury Christ Church University

Sir Thomas More Bursary 2014, Lincoln's Inn

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

From the minute I met Sophia, she rapidly put me at ease, explained everything to me carefully and professionally. Most importantly, I had been waiting for that day for over a year and in the short time we had she really listened to me , answered my questions, with a kind and professional manner and enabled me to face the witness box.

Sophia’s work in court that day, ensuring the conviction was held has radically changed my life . Although it will take some time to move on from this; I have already talked to my gp about reducing my anxiety medicine and thanks to Sophia’s work it will enable me to get on with my life. Lastly, It was really clear that Sophia had read everything thoroughly and I felt she really knew the case.