Sophie Lenton#

Year of Call: 2019


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Education

History, University of Nottingham
GDL, Nottingham Law School
LLM BPTC, Nottingham Law School


Professional Memberships

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


Sophie is currently a Family Pupil under the supervision of Vanessa Lau. In addition, she has spent time with a number of other experienced family practitioners. As a result, Sophie has gained insight into all aspects of public and private family law, ranging from FHDRAs and non-molestation orders to complex finding of fact hearings concerning domestic violence, sexual abuse, and non-accidental injuries. In addition, Sophie has observed high profile cases relating to the high court’s inherent jurisdiction to deprive children of their liberty.

 

Prior to commencing Pupillage, Sophie gained invaluable experience working for three years as a Care Paralegal at Cartwright King Solicitors (Nottingham). Sophie worked closely with clients and solicitors, assisting with all aspects of case management. During that time, she regularly advised both existing and prospective clients and ran my own files representing clients at various meetings with the local authority. Sophie frequently prepared briefs to counsel, attended court and drafted a range of legal documents including court applications, consent orders and part 25 applications.

 

During my studies, Sophie volunteered for StreetLaw, researching and delivering a number of presentations in schools to 16–18-year-olds to further their understanding of their legal rights. Following completion of her BPTC, Sophie volunteered for equation, a domestic abuse charity based in Nottingham. Sophie was involved in the organisation and running of a range of successful fund-raising and awareness events.

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