Sophie Howard

Year of Call: 2016

Inn: Lincoln’s Inn

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Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber.

Having successfully completed a common law pupillage at 5 Pump Court, Sophie then made the move to St John’s Chambers in order to specialise in personal injury and clinical negligence.

Sophie acts for claimants and defendants in a variety of personal injury cases including RTA claims, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, and credit hire. Sophie is regularly instructed in fast-track trials, interlocutory hearings, approval hearings, MOJ stage 3’s and small claims trials. She also advises in writing for both defendants and claimants and is happy to consider instructions on a CFA.

Previously, she worked as an investigator with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and as a paralegal with the Infected Blood Inquiry. Sophie is developing her clinical negligence practice and is keen to undertake more regulatory work.

Sophie was also a claims handler and a paralegal in professional indemnity and insurance litigation at a leading international law firm. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Sophie was involved in advising insurers in the contingency market (event cancellation and non-appearance insurance) on coverage issues and assisted in the business interruption litigation arising from the lockdowns.

She has also spent time living abroad in France and the Netherlands, where she completed an internship at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • University of the West of England – BPTC (Very Competent)
  • University of Exeter – LLM International Human Rights Law (Distinction)
  • Commendation for academic achievement from the University of Exeter
  • Cardiff University – LLB Law and French (Hons) 2.1
  • Sir Geoffrey Nice Foundation Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn

Additional information:

After studying and working in France, Sophie is a fluent French speaker and enjoys travelling and learning new languages. In her spare time, Sophie likes cooking for friends, running, yoga, playing netball and getting lost in a good book.