About Sophia

Sophia is an English barrister of Caribbean parentage, a single mother to mixed race, mixed sex twins, specialising in family law dedicated to child protection, having gone through the care system herself.

She has appeared as a Family Law expert on programmes such as ITV’s This Morning, Alan Titchmarsh & Daybreak as well as on the BBC News Channel, Sky News and ‘This Day Live’ for Arise TV.

In the High Court she dealt with subjects such as mothers, fathers, contact (access), residence (custody), child abduction abroad, fertility, child support agency issues, divorce, maintenance, childhood disability, postnatal depression, domestic violence, education appeals, grandparents and many other issues over a 10 year period.

Sophia was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London, gaining a LLB Law degree with Honours followed by Brunel University where she obtained a LLM Masters in Child Law and Policy and ICSL (Inns of Court Law School) at The Temple.  She was called to Middle Temple in 2001 and practised as a Barrister at Law in Tooks Court Chambers.

Her cases have included representing and advising local authorities, parents and social workers.  She has appeared in family proceedings, magistrates, county & high courts and the Principal Registry and she has dealt with subjects such as injunctions, secure accommodation orders, international jurisdiction, immigration, vulnerable incapacitated adults and all aspects of family law.

Her areas of expertise cover family, pregnancy and child law including crimes perpetrated against young people and children.  Committed to child protection, having spent her formative years in care, Sophia has fast gained a reputation for her down to earth and accessible approach to the law and passion for social justice.  Dedicated to trying to change the care system from within for all victims of crime, rape and for children born into these circumstances, Sophia has become an advocate and voice for the vulnerable.

Sophia was a trustee of Toynbee Hall,Toynbee Hall was created in 1884 by Samuel Barnett, a Church of England curate, and his wife Henrietta, in response to a growing realisation that enduring social change would not be achieved through the existing individualised and piecemeal approaches.

The radical vision was to create a place for future leaders to live and work as volunteers in London’s East End, bringing them face to face with poverty, and giving them the opportunity to develop practical solutions that they could take with them into national life. Many of the individuals that came to Toynbee Hall as young men and women – including Clement Attlee and William Beveridge – went on to bring about radical social change and maintain a lifelong connection with Toynbee Hall. Toynbee  Hall started Poor Mans Lawyer precursor to legal aid in 1995, and Poor Mans Lawyer started in 1998.

Sophia was a Trustee of the Women’s Resource Centre, the umbrella body for women’s organisations in the UK.  As an experienced barrister with a range of skills and expertise, she is a true expert in her subject and an intelligent and infectious character.