Sophie Sharpe

Sophie appears in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts, primarily on behalf of the defence. She has experience in a wide range of criminal matters including dishonesty offences, drugs offences, sexual offences and violence – particularly in a domestic context.

Sophie has also acted for requested persons in extradition proceedings and has been instructed in licensing appeals.

Sophie was appointed to the CPS panel of advocates in 2014.

Notable Cases

R v Boyejo – Court of appeal – 2015
Sophie successfully appealed sentence for failing to surrender to bail. Her client was acquitted of attempted robbery but accepted failing to surrender for his trial. His sentence was halved from eight months to four.

R v F – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2015
Sophie successfully appealed the conviction of a mother who had been accused of assaulting her 4 year old daughter in the presence of social workers.

R v B – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2014
Sophie successfully defended a client accused of Benefit Fraud to the sum of £20,000. The jury returned a not guilty verdict within 7 minutes after a three day trial.

R v D – Stratford Magistrates Court – 2014
Sophie made a successful submission of no case to answer in relation to a public order offence and her client was acquitted after trial of the remaining charges of assault of his partner and assaulting a police officer on the basis of the excessive force used by the officer.

Other Experience

Before coming to the Bar Sophie was a paralegal at Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson Solicitors. She is a fully accredited police station representative and has a wealth of experience in representing people accused of a wide range of offences at the police station in interview, pre-charge and in identification procedures.

Sophie was a founding member and Director of the Innocence Project at Durham University, examining the safety of a murder conviction and drafting grounds for consideration by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Sophie worked as a volunteer for a Drugs Service based in Luton for opiate addiction, supporting particularly in clinics for sex workers. She has particular experience in working with people with substance misuse issues.

Education and Awards

City Law School BPTC (Very Competent)
Rosie Keane Scholarship (City Law School)
Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
LLB Hons. Durham University (Upper Second Class Honours)

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