Sophie Watson

Called 2021


Sophie became a tenant in October 2022, following completion of pupillage under the supervision of Leila Benyounes, Colin Richmond, and Andrew Sugarman.

Sophie is developing a practice specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence, and inquests.

Sophie accepts instructions in cases, including:

  • Clinical negligence
  • Occupier’s liability
  • Public liability
  • Employer’s liability
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Credit hire


Sophie is also well acquainted with drafting pleadings and advising on such matters in respect of both liability and quantum.

Before joining chambers, 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.

Areas of Expertise

Sophie regularly drafts pleadings and advices in clinical negligence matters.

Sophie has previous experience, during her time as a paralegal, of managing pre-action cases, advising on liability and quantum, and assisting with conferences, settlement meetings, and trials.



Sophie is regularly instructed in road traffic accident, employers’ liability and public liability cases.

She has prepared numerous advices on liability, quantum, and pleadings in these areas.

Sophie has recently represented a family of a 84 year old woman who died due to a brain haemorrhage following a fall in hospital. The Coroner found that the Trusts admitted shortcomings in care had more than minimally, negligibly, or trivially contributed to her death.


She has represented the family of a 60 year old man who developed a sacral pressure, whilst in hospital, and subsequently, sepsis.

Sophie has also been instructed in inquest noting briefs:

  • An Article 2 inquest involving a man who was struck by a vehicle following a police pursuit.
  • A inquest into the death of an 84 year old women who sustained complications of blood transfusion, developed sepsis, and had an unwitnessed fall resulting in a head injury. 


Sophie is regularly instructed in matters involving credit hire. She is well versed with the core issues.

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Leeds and District Medico Legal Society
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Employment Law Association
  • 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

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