Sophie Wood

Senior Associate (Barrister)

Criminal Litigation

Sophie is a senior associate (barrister) with a wide range of experience in providing advice and representation to both corporate and individual clients.

Her experience encompasses large-scale investigations by the SFO, multi-handed conspiracies, prosecutions brought by HM Revenue and Customs and representing clients alleged to have committed both historical and current serious sexual offences. When acting in such cases Sophie has both litigated successfully and provided a number of written advices, legal arguments and letters of representation concerning the strength of the prosecution evidence, abuse of process and disclosure.

Through her past experience of prosecuting for the CPS, Probation and Department for Work and Pensions, Sophie is able to provide unique and specialist advice to clients by understanding first-hand how such cases are brought and prosecuted. 

Sophie was called to the Bar in 2011 and practised at 2 Bedford Row before joining Kingsley Napley in February 2015.

She was awarded the Kalisher Trust Scholarship (2011) and the Jules Thorn Scholarship by Middle Temple (in both 2010 and 2009).



Professional societies and memberships

  • The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (BACFI)
  • Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association (YFLA)
  • Cybercrime Practitioners Association.


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Arrow Recycling fined in Health and Safety Executive prosecution for cardboard crushing

New inquiry launched into the use of drones

Police drones – the new investigation tool of choice

Drones: an update from 2016

Evidence Across Borders: The increasing use of mutual legal assistance in transnational investigations

Fitness to plead - time to codify the test?

Stoptober and new offences: the month of nicotine

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: What is it and how will it impact businesses?

Magistrates order payment of prosecution costs in excess of £10,000

Temporary Class Drug Order – legal highs’ bubble to be ‘burst’

Unlimited fines in the Magistrates’ Courts

GEO Group UK Ltd and Nestore Primecare Services Ltd face unlimited fines after CPS decision to institute health and safety prosecution

Justice and Security - A series on the EU, the UK, and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #3 - Looking at the EAW

Justice and Security - A series on the EU, the UK, and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #2

Justice and security: A series on the EU, the UK and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #1

Drones: a rise in near-misses and an increased government focus

Khmer Rouge leaders’ life sentences to remain

Criticisms of slavery statements, a focus on prosecuting offenders and imposing STPOs: the year that taught us the Modern Slavery Act is not a tick-box exercise

A welcomed renewed focus on restorative justice

Global Criminality and Mutual Legal Assistance

Compensation for sexual assaults: blurring the lines between criminal and civil litigation

Kingsley Napley's submission to the Select Committee's inquiry into court charges

Drones: A fashion week toy or a prosecution waiting to happen?

Criminal ramifications for ‘sexting’ teenagers

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