Sophie is an Associate in BWB’s Public and Regulatory Law department where she advises public, third sector and private sector bodies and individuals on a range of public and administrative law matters, including judicial review claims and statutory interpretation. She qualified as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, and has worked in the UK since 2016, having joined BWB from the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

In Australia, Sophie acted as a solicitor advocate in judicial review hearings challenging immigration decisions and was seconded to the public hearings team of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She also spent a year as an Associate to a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Advising a government department on the defence of First-tier Tribunal appeals and applications for judicial review
  • Advising an educational body on the application of the Equality Act 2010 to its policies
  • Advising a school on a threatened application for judicial review in relation to a student exclusion decision
  • Preparing representations to industry regulators in response to proposed enforcement action

Qualifications and Career

  • University of Sydney, BA (History), 2009
  • University of Sydney, LLB (Hons), 2012
  • University of Cambridge, LLM (First Class), 2016
  • Trained at Minter Ellison Lawyers (Sydney, Australia)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia in 2012
  • Litigation Manager at the Charity Commission, 2016
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in March 2017

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

Member of AMICUS, a charity that helps to provide representation for those facing the death penalty in the United States.