Sophie is a senior associate with extensive experience in advising corporate and individual clients involved in a wide range of internal, criminal and regulatory investigations and public inquiries. Sophie’s ability to quickly and comprehensively grasp new and complex areas of law is evidenced by her broad practice.

 

White collar crime: Domestic & International

Sophie has worked on large-scale and complex cases of serious fraud and money laundering brought by the SFO, US DoJ, FCA and HMRC. A number of these cases have had multi-jurisdictional aspects, encompassing requests for Mutual Legal Assistance, INTERPOL red notices and extradition. Sophie also advises on POCA 2002 and, in particular, individuals impacted by restraint and confiscation proceedings.

Environment Law, Health and Safety and Trading Standards

Sophie has acted for companies, company directors and employees caught up in domestic and international investigations led by the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards in relation to a variety of offences concerning breaches of advertising standards legislation, unfair trading, health and safety breaches and allegations of illegal shipments of waste.

Public Inquiries and Human Rights Law

Sophie has worked on large scale public inquiries (for example representing core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and advised on the international obligations placed upon non-State actors under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Appellate work

Over the past few years, Sophie has worked alongside our Dispute Resolution team, providing criminal law advice in civil appeals to the Supreme Court.

Animal rights issues and welfare offences

Sophie has particular experience in advising large corporates and individuals faced with concerns over animal welfare practices and alleged offences committed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, Sophie practised at 2 Bedford Row, instructed as defence and prosecuting counsel for the CPS, Department for Work and Pensions and the Probation Service. Alongside presenting cases at court, Sophie drafted legal arguments and advised on charging decisions.

Sophie's representation is comprehensive, seamlessly providing advice across all areas impacted by a criminal investigation, including reputation and employment.

Notable cases

White collar crime

  • Representing of bank employee in HMRC investigation of historic film scheme
  • Representing former CFOs and a director of a multinational company in relation to a DoJ investigation
  • Representing of a Non-Executive Director of a listed company investigated by the FCA
  • Representing clients in corruption investigations/prosecution in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Acting for senior business people in compelled s2 SFO interviews

Environment Law, Health & Safety and Trading Standards

  • Representing a company in respect of alleged breaches of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Representing a number of employees in relation to an HSE investigation regarding a non-fatal accident
  • Acting for a business owner in various Trading Standards prosecutions (including allegations of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering) and requests for enforcement undertakings in relation to fraud offences and breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2002
  • Representing a company director accused of offences under the Hallmarking Act 1979, Trade Marks Act 1994 and breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2002

Animal rights issues and welfare offences

  • Advising a multi-national corporate experiencing harmful animal rights protests
  • Advising individuals accused of causing unnecessary suffering to protected wildlife under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

Other

  • Representing soldiers facing allegations arising from various historic fatal incidents
  • Providing criminal law advice on dishonesty to our Dispute Resolution team and counsel, acting for Genting Casinos, in the landmark Supreme Court win
  • Acting for individuals suspected of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice
  • Acting for witnesses involved in investigations concerning misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice
  • Acting for individuals accused of serious sexual offences (including prosecutions conducted by Operation Yewtree) and allegations of violence

 

PUBLICATIONS, PRESS HIGHLIGHTS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & BLOGS

 

Professional societies and memberships

  • BACFI: Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry
  • YFLA: Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • DELF: Defence Extradition Lawyers’
  • UKELA: UK Environmental Law Association
  • SEAL: Society of English & American Lawyers
  • Featured in Middle Temple’s 2019-2020 ‘Celebrating a Century of Women in Law’ exhibition
  • Kalisher Trust Scholar, 2011
  • Middle Temple Jules Thorn Scholar, 2009 and 2010
  • Called to the Bar 2011

 

Related Services

Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety Law

The stakes have never been higher for individuals and companies involved in such cases. We provide clear advice on what can be a complex process.

Proceeds of Crime

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders, and Cash Seizure

Tackling illicit finance and the proceeds of crime is a government priority and law enforcement focus.

Money Laundering Regulation and Compliance

Ensuring that the UK financial system is an increasingly hostile environment for illicit finances is a key government priority.

Restraint Orders, Confiscation and Third Party Rights

We advise individuals and corporates in relation to restraint orders and third party applications in respect of property caught by restraint orders.

Unexplained Wealth Orders

UWOs are used by law enforcement agencies to require an individual to prove that a particular asset was obtained through legitimate means.

Extending Moratorium Periods

Another feature of the Proceeds of Crime Act that can have the unwelcome effect of freezing property is the 'moratorium period'

Criminal Litigation

Our criminal lawyers are astute, supportive and highly sophisticated, particularly known for providing strategic, sensible and practical advice.

Business and Financial Crime

Our experienced lawyers provide strategic and pragmatic advice in complex business crime cases and situations.

Business and Human Rights

Consumers and regulators increasingly expect companies to demonstrate a commitment to human rights, where companies fall short, they increasingly face both reputational and legal consequences.

Public Inquiries

The team is consistently recognised for its public inquiry expertise, with over 25 years experience in all the major inquiries.

Insight from Sophie

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Blogs

ICC Crime of Aggression comes into force

Department of Transport focuses in on drones – time to register and know the rules

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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