Sophie Watson (Pupil)

Called 2021


Sophie commenced her specialist civil law pupillage in October 2021 under the supervision of Leila Benyounes and Colin Richmond.

Prior to pupillage, Sophie studied law at the University of Hull, graduating with first class honours. Thereafter she studied a postgraduate degree in law at the University of Leeds, achieving a distinction.

Sophie worked as a paralegal at top-rated national law firm in the Healthcare Litigation Department. Sophie managed her own case load of pre-action clinical negligence cases on behalf of NHS Resolution.

Whilst studying the BPTC, Sophie was a representative for the Honourable Inner Temple and organised qualifying sessions for students on the North Eastern circuit. Sophie competed in a several competitions, winning the ADR competition and placing as a finalist in the university mooting competition.

Sophie is accepting instructions from April 2022.

Areas of Expertise

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During pupillage Sophie has been exposed to many clinical negligence matters and observed a vast number of conferences.

Sophie also has previous experience, during her time as a paralegal, of providing advice on liability, quantifying damages and drafting Letters of Response.

During her pupillage, Sophie has observed numerous small claims, fast-track and multi-track work in matters involving:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Civil Fraud
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Employer’s liability

Sophie has observed a wealth of inquests including several Article 2 inquests.

Sophie is keen to develop this area of practice.

During pupillage, Sophie has observed a number of trials, hearings and applications involving credit hire. Sophie is well versed with the core issues in credit hire claims.

Sophie has observed a number of case management preliminary hearings and final hearings involving claims for discrimination, harassment, unfair and wrongful dismissal.

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Leeds and District Medico Legal Society
  • LLB Law, University of Hull – First Class (2016)
  • LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, University of Leeds – Distinction (2018)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University – Very Competent (2020)
  • University of Hull Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Leeds Liberty Scholarship
  • John L Lambert Prize in Criminal Law and CPS Prize in Criminal Law