Sophie Kemp


Public Law

“solid and thoughtful" approach to sensitive cases.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession

Sophie is an experienced public lawyer, advising on judicial review, major public inquiries and inquests, police misconduct and data protection. She “grasps complex issues quickly and comprehensively” (Legal 500, 2015). She acts in high profile disputes in numerous sectors including legal, financial services, policing, gambling, tax, education and healthcare. Clients describe her as a “consummate professional” and she is known for solid and thoughtful handling of sensitive cases.

Judicial Review

Sophie acts for individuals, companies and regulatory bodies in judicial review litigation, and is very effective in resolving disputes at the pre-action stage for both claimants and defendants. Her clients include the Law Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, the General Dental Council, senior police officers, psychotherapy professionals, as well as professionals challenging decisions of the Disclosure and Barring Service. With Adam Chapman, she is currently acting for a group of companies challenging the HMRC before the Supreme Court.

Inquiries, Inquests and investigations

Sophie represents institutions, public figures and senior professionals in major inquiries, Inquests, IPCC investigations, and before Select Committees.

Her notable cases include:

  • Acting for families in the 7/7 Inquest following terrorist bombings in London
  • Currently advising in relation to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (the Jay Inquiry), investigating the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse
  • Advising Metropolitan Police Commander in IPCC investigation arising from the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review
  • Advising Financial Conduct Authority employee in the Davis Inquiry
  • Advising Chief Constable of Cumbria in connection with Home Affairs Select Committee hearings


Data protection and information rights

Sophie advises institutions, businesses and regulatory bodies on data protection compliance, conducting audits on the safe handling of personal information, advising on large scale redaction projects and responding to subject access requests made during litigation. She also acts for business and professionals in connection with freedom of information requests.


Sophie acts for members of the Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) in IPCC and local misconduct investigations as well as acting in public law matters, including public inquiries and judicial review litigation.

Articles and Publications

  • Contributing author to Kingsley Napley: Serious Fraud, Investigation and Trial, Fourth edition (2008)
  • The Lawyer, Ruling on acquitted defendants will speak volumes, June 2010 (written with Stephen Parkinson)
  • New Law Journal, Reimbursing acquitted defendants, June 2010 (written with Stephen Parkinson)
  • The Independent, Double standards shame our treaty with America, 1 August 2009 (written with Jill Lorimer)
  • ARDL Quarterly Bulletin, Rugby Football Union: new rules bring new challenges, Summer 2009
  • Health Service Journal, The impact of the civil standard of proof in Fitness to Practise proceedings, January 2008


Professional societies and Memberships

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association


...grasps complex issues quickly and comprehensively

Legal 500 UK 2015

“solid and thoughtful" approach to sensitive cases.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2012

'praised by clients for the high quality of her advice, which is "in touch with reality, not driven by emotion or money."'

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2011

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