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Sophie is a Solicitor working in the Healthcare and Education Teams of the Regulatory and Professional Discipline Department.
Sophie investigates and presents cases on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (formerly the Health Professions Council (HPC)) before panels of the HCPC's Conduct and Competence and Health Committees. Sophie has presented cases of allegations of misconduct and lack of competence involving a wide range of healthcare professionals, including Paramedics, Occupational Therapists and Biomedical Scientists. Sophie also prepares and presents cases on behalf of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) (formerly the Teaching Agency (TA)), involving allegations of unacceptable professional conduct against teachers.
Sophie was also recently involved in defending a veterinary surgeon, in respect of a case brought by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Recent / notable cases
In 2012 Sophie acted for the HCPC against a Paramedic who was found to have slapped a patient across the face. The case was reported in the Telegraph: 'Paramedic slapped patient across face because he believed she was faking' and on the BBC website: 'Cardiff paramedic Philip Hillier slapped woman's face'
Sophie recently presented a case before the HCPC involving a Paramedic who was found to have sworn at a patient and abandoned him in the back of the ambulance. The case was reported in the Daily Mail.
Sophie joined Kingsley Napley in April 2010 after qualifying as a Solicitor at Weightmans in Birmingham in 2009. During her training, Sophie completed six months in the Healthcare Team at Weightmans and assisted with Clinical Negligence and Employer’s Liability cases on behalf of the NHSLA and various NHS Trusts. Sophie also assisted with the Birmingham Employment Team’s work for the then Council of Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now the Professional Standards Authority). Prior to training as a Solicitor, Sophie completed two internships at the States of Jersey Attorney General’s Law Officers’ Department. She also worked as a Compliance Officer for two years at Jersey law firm Mourant (now Mourant Ozannes).
“Sophie has been praised by witnesses for her “kindness and understanding” and “calm and reassuring manner”.”