Year of Call: 2017, Gray’s Inn
Areas of Practice:
Public and Private Law, Matrimonial and Finance
Sophie-Jade joined Cathedral Chambers as a tenant in January 2020 following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Sara Owen.
Sophie-Jade has already started to develop a busy successful family law practice and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers practice, including public law, private law and financial matters.
In public law proceedings, Sophie-Jade has experience in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court. Sophie-Jade acts for Local Authorities, parents, grandparents and Children’s Guardians from the initial stages of proceedings through to contested final hearings. Sophie-Jade also has experience in adoption proceedings.
In private law proceedings, Sophie-Jade is regularly instructed in applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issue Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Enforcement proceedings at all stage of private law proceedings from urgent hearing for deliver up orders, First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments, Dispute Resolution Appointments, Directions Hearing, Fact-Finding Hearings and Final Hearings. Sophie-Jade is instructed by applicants, respondents and appointed Guardians and has experience in Family Proceedings Court and County Court. Sophie-Jade is also regularly instructed for parties involved in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.
Sophie-Jade also deals with all aspects and stages of family finances including first directions appointments through to final hearings.
During the 12 months prior to starting pupillage Sophie-Jade worked in the reputable family law department at Passmores Solicitors, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan. This provided Sophie-Jade with the opportunity to gain experience of serious childcare proceedings involving non-accidental injuries. Sophie-Jade also gained experience in cases with international dimensions which involved the Hague Convention and Wardship proceedings.
Swansea University – LLB (Hons) 1st Class
Cardiff University – Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent
Cardiff University – LLM Legal Practice
Trish Whiting Legal Services for Children Scholarship Fund – 2017
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
The Family Law Bar Association