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Sophie
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Leeds 0113 228 5000
Newcastle 0191 221 2121
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Sophie Firth

Called 2014

Sophie has an increasingly busy employment practice whilst maintaining a keen interest in personal injury and clinical negligence. She also has experience of commercial and credit hire litigation.

Sophie is the editor of the Parklane Plowden Employment Newsletter.

In her spare time, Sophie enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and craft beer.

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Employment
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Sophie acts for both Claimants and Respondents and accepts instructions to advise, undertake drafting and attend preliminary and final hearings.

She has experience in the following areas:

  • Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal.
  • Discrimination, including disability and age discrimination. Sophie has particular experience of gender reassignment discrimination.
  • Whistleblowing detriment and automatic unfair dismissal, including assisting Andrew Sugarman in delivering seminars on the topic.
  • Victimisation.
  • Unlawful deductions from wages.
  • Breach of contract.
  • Settlement agreements.

Sophie also has an understanding of running employment cases from a solicitor’s perspective, having assisted in drafting witness statements in a number cases and advised on disclosure.

Sophie is the editor of the Parklane Plowden Employment Newsletter.

Clinical Negligence
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Sophie acts on behalf of Claimants and Defendants. She has experience of conference with medical experts, drafting pleadings, advising on liability and quantum, CCMCs and inquests in a clinical negligence context.

Recent cases have dealt with:

  • Delayed diagnosis.
  • Nursing and residential care.
  • Unsatisfactory results from cosmetic surgery.
Personal Injury
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Sophie is instructed on behalf of Claimants and Defendants to advise in writing and in conference, draft pleadings and appear in hearings at all stages of litigation including frequently at trial.

She deals with both Fast Track and Multi Track cases and regularly acts on behalf of local authorities.

Sophie has experience in the following areas:

  • Employers’ liability, including assaults at work.
  • Public liability, including highways, occupiers’ liability and defective premises claims.
  • Road traffic accidents, including low-velocity impact and claims against the MIB.
  • Product liability.
  • Accidents abroad.
  • Noise-induced hearing loss.
  • QOCS and fundamental dishonesty.
  • Procedural issues relating to 'portal' and 'ex-portal' claims.

In 2017, Sophie was seconded to the personal injury team at Stewarts Law for a month. She was involved with a number of multi-million-pound catastrophic injury claims concerning brain and spinal injuries. She assisted in drafting Schedules of Loss and witness statements.

Business and Commercial
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Sophie has a developing interest in commercial litigation, with experience in the following areas:

  • Breach of contract.
  • Misrepresentation.
  • Consumer credit.
  • Enforcement.
  • Insolvency.
  • Residential housing disrepair.
Insurance
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Sophie acts almost exclusively for Defendant insurers, whilst retaining an unusual insight into credit hire from the Claimant perspective, having worked as a credit hire paralegal at Lyons Davidson in the Claimfast team before pupillage.

In addition to the usual issues, she has experience of:

  • Enforceability and misrepresentation.
  • Taxi claims and commercial hire.
  • Fraud and fundamental dishonesty.
  • Ex turpi causa
  • High-value hire claims within the 'portal' and associated procedural issues.

 

Scholarships/Awards
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2009: Rosemary Murray Scholarship (awarded to students who achieve first-class degrees).

2012-2014: Inner Temple GDL and BPTC Exhibition Awards, BPP Law School Cohen Scholarship.

Personal Details
Education

BA (Hons) English, University of Cambridge - First Class (2009); MA (Cantab).

GDL and BPTC, BPP Law School Leeds (2013-2014).

Professional Associations

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

ELA

PIBA

AvMA

Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society

 

 

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