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Sophie Beesley

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Practice Areas

Sophie practises in clinical negligence, personal injury and coronial law. Sophie is appointed to the Attorney General’s C panel. She is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Sophie’s particular interest is less in a type of injury and more a type of case: those involving specific issues of vulnerability, sensitivity or trauma.

Sophie’s current cases involve delayed cancer diagnoses, intimate gynaecological, urinary and bowel injuries, childbirth deaths and stillbirths, preventable suicides, especially of children, post traumatic stress disorder, with a focus on the Armed Forces, and in a context of sexual abuse and sexual violence, and inquests and fatal accidents. Sophie is being led in high value claims concerning complex birth injuries and cerebral palsy, and delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

Career

Sophie 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 she established and runs a charity supporting a children’s home in South Africa. In 2018, supported by the Pegasus Trust, Sophie undertook a placement in Australia undertaking human rights law work for the Aboriginal Legal Service. She was sole counsel to the Paterson Inquiry.

This unusual background underpins Sophie's dedicated, commercial and sensitive approach. She is recognised for building trust and strong collaboration between clients, solicitors and experts, and for her responsive and reliable client care.

Personal

Sophie spends her free time outdoors and loves sailing, hiking and running.