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 the 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, and both public and private children law proceedings.

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, Sophie 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. She 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 as economically beneficially as possible.

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

Public Law Children

Sophie accepts instructions to represent parents, grandparents and children in care and adoption proceedings, and has experience in dealing with cases involving neglect, mental health issues and domestic violence.

Sophie offers an objective view on matters and has often been praised for her work with clients with either mental health issues or learning difficulties who otherwise may have struggled with such complex proceedings. Sophie prides herself on her client care and her ability to build a relationship with those she is representing.

Sophie Gray's Public Law Children Cases

Supporting a step-father through contested adoption

Sophie represented a step-father in a rather unusual application for adoption. The child had resided with the mother and step-father for a period of eleven years, following allegations and subsequent conviction of the biological father for cruelty against the child. The adoption application was strongly opposed by the biological father, who appeared in person. Throughout Continue reading

Special Guardianship Order

Sophie represented a couple who sought the making of a Special Guardianship Order for a child currently residing with them. The nature of the case was complex as the applicant couple were family to the parents from whom the child was to be removed from. The case called for extreme sensitivity particularly as both parents of Continue reading

Opposing an Interim Care Order

Sophie represented a father in opposing the making of an Interim Care Order. The application was made by the Local Authority, based on a history of domestic abuse between the parents that spanned several years. Both parents had significant mental health issues that had also raised concerns with the Local Authority. Sophie’s ability to build Continue reading

Sophie Gray's Testimonials for Public Law Children

“Thank you for being empathetic and understanding the stress of the Court process and doing an excellent job”

Ms M Instructing Sophie Gray through Solicitors – July 2017

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 a law 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

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