Sophie Beesley

Sophie Beesley

Sophie was called to the Bar in July 2012 and joined Old Square Chambers in October 2013. She specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury cases, and inquests. Sophie’s only defence work is through her appointment to the Attorney General’s C panel where she represents the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Home Office in similar cases, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in public law matters. Sophie is ranked in both the UK’s leading legal directories, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Sophie’s particular interest is in sensitive cases where clients are vulnerable or affected by trauma. Her current cases include childbirth deaths and injuries, stillbirths, preventable suicides, management of mental health in outpatient settings, post-traumatic stress disorder (with a focus on the Armed Forces and in the context of sexual abuse and violence), modern slavery and inquests and fatal accidents, including murders in immigration detention and probation hostels.

Sophie’s original degree was in psychology. She came to the Bar after a successful career with Deloitte and The Prince’s Trust. She was deputy director of a domestic violence legal pro-bono service, a magistrate and bench chair for over ten years, and established and still runs a charity supporting a children’s home in South Africa. In 2018, supported by the Pegasus Trust, Sophie undertook human rights cases in Australia for the Aboriginal Legal Service. In 2019/20, she was sole counsel to the Paterson Inquiry.

This background underpins the recognition Sophie has received for building trust between clients, solicitors and experts, and for responsive and reliable client care.

In her free time Sophie enjoys being outdoors. Her family are from Cornwall where she escapes to the coast path. She loves sailing and has competed in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Her partner is a talented chef and Sophie enjoys eating his efforts. The dream is of a bolthole by the sea and a dog (small disagreement as to whether that will be an Italian Greyhound or an Alsatian).


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