Sophie Gray

Sophie has a busy, ever growing practice in a wide variety of areas of law. Sophie accepts instructions in civil matters, crime and general family law.

Sophie is regularly instructed by the Home Office in civil forfeiture and condemnation proceedings in Kent
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Sophie began her legal career with Becket Chambers in September 2013 as she undertook pupillage, and, following successful completion, accepted tenancy with Chambers. She now has a busy, ever-growing practice in a wide variety of areas of law. Sophie accepts instructions in civil matters, private children law proceedings and matrimonial matters.

Within family proceedings, Sophie has an increasing reputation for her ability to build relationships with clients and ensure they feel comfortable during what can often be quite daunting proceedings. As part of her day-to-day practice, she undertakes work at all stages of the legal process, from first hearing dispute resolution appointments through to final hearings.

As part of Sophie’s established practice, she also accepts instructions in a wide variety of civil cases at all stages of proceedings, with a particular interest in personal injury. She is regularly instructed in small and fast-track claims. Sophie is experienced in undertaking work either for Claimants or Defendants and has conducted countless trials on both liability and quantum.

Sophie often deals with situations where there has been a lengthy history of dispute. She is able to help her clients to assess their case in a purely analytical manner to ensure the matter is dealt with to be as economically beneficially as possible.

Sophie is comfortable working with extensive amounts of information and processing such information so it can be presented in a way that can be understood within the context of the proceedings.

Sophie is a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Whitstable and Canterbury, and volunteers with Kent Law Clinic as a legal advisor.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Sophie is regularly instructed in private law proceedings by mothers and fathers. The basis of all private law proceedings is formed by parents who, after separation, are unable to agree how their children should be cared for. This can involve a wide variety of disagreements including disputes over a child’s surname, where a child should attend school, what level of contact a child should have with each parent and ultimately where a child should live.

Sophie is regularly instructed at the early stages of private law proceedings and remains with cases until the completion of matters at a final hearing.

Within private law proceedings, there is scope for negotiations between parties. Sophie is also confident in conducting such negotiations, and is often able to propose alternative ways forward to ensure all parties involved are happy with the outcome of proceedings.

Sophie Gray's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Opposing a relocation

Sophie was recently instructed by a Father in internal-relocation proceedings. The Mother of the children hoped to move away from the local area and relocate with her children several hours’ journey away, with a view to being closer to the maternal side of the family and her new partner. This proposed move was opposed by Continue reading

Preventing a Father from removing a child from a Mother

Sophie represented a Mother involved in private child proceedings. The applicant Father sought a child arrangements order that the child live with him, and had raised a number of concerns against the Mother including emotional neglect and implacable hostility. He also raised a physical risk posed by the Mother’s ex-partner due to previous domestic violence Continue reading

Supporting a father as primary carer

Sophie is regularly instructed by both mothers and fathers for a variety of applications. On this occasion, Sophie faced an unusual situation where the applicant father had given up work and become primary carer to his two young children. Following the breakdown of his relationship with the mother of the children, the father wanted to Continue reading

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Sophie Gray's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“…I have spoken to the client and I would pass on that he said you were absolutely brilliant!…”

Mrs C from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – January 17

“…Many thanks to yourself and Ms Gray for all your help with this – the client was, incidentally, delighted with the outcome!…”

Mrs U from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – June 16

I would firstly like to thank Ms. Gray for her efforts and support with my case…. Ms. Gray was polite and friendly, during the pre-court discussions she listened to what I had to say and my feeling regarding certain matters, she also showed real empathy and understanding…If I am ever in need of representation in the future, I would request and be very happy to have Ms Gray there for support and representation.

Mr D instructing Sophie Gray through solicitors – April 16

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Sophie is regularly instructed to deal with financial provision cases following divorce, and acts at all stages of proceedings from FDA through to FDR and final hearings. She has experience of applications for interim remedies as well as cases involving the variation of a final order.

Sophie takes a rigorous approach to assessing and assimilating complex facts and figures in order to prepare each case.

She offers an objective view on matters and works particularly well with vulnerable clients such as those with mental health difficulties or who have suffered domestic violence. Sophie prides herself on her client care and her ability to build a relationship with those she is representing.

Sophie Gray's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Securing the family home plus costs for Wife

Sophie acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The Husband was acting as litigant in person and had continuously failed to properly engage with proceedings or comply with directions made by the Court. Due to the difficulties posed by the Husband’s lack of compliance, Sophie had to adopt a robust approach, Continue reading

Enabling a husband to retain his home after a long separation

Sophie represented a Respondent Husband in financial remedy proceedings. The matter involved large assets, including two separate properties and cash in excess of £100,000. The matter was particularly unusual due to the time that had elapsed since the parties had separated. At the commencement of proceedings, the parties had been separated for some ten years Continue reading

Negotiating a greater financial settlement than originally sought

Sophie represented an Applicant Wife in financial proceedings. The parties had met in Asia and the Wife had made the move to live permanently with her Respondent Husband in England shortly afterwards. After a marriage of approximately ten years, the parties separated but remained living together. Throughout proceedings, the Wife remained in need of sufficient Continue reading

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Personal Injury

Sophie’s personal injury practice covers a wide range of areas and she acts at all stages in cases ranging from small claims to multitrack proceedings.

As well as advocacy, Sophie will provide written advice and pleadings. Her thoroughness and attention to detail helps her clients build confidence before court appearances. She has a reputation for being supportive of the needs of traumatised clients throughout the process, whilst maintaining a pragmatic approach, and is a strong advocate in court.

Sophie Gray's Personal Injury Cases

Assisting negotiations in a damages case for an injured child

Sophie prepared advice in respect of a child claimant involved in an accident at school. The claim brought was one of negligence, and centred on the school’s failure to prevent access to play equipment during poor weather. The child had sustained serious ankle injuries with on-going symptoms some months after the accident. The balanced advice Continue reading

Sophie Gray's Testimonials for Personal Injury

“…Our client also wished us to express her thanks on her behalf to you for such a successful outcome…”

Ms V from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – November 15

“….Sophie, great result. Thanks for your assistance….”

Mr B from a firm of solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – July 15