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Sophia is an associate working in the firm’s employment team and is a member of the firm’s Safeguarding Unit. She specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, advising both employees and employers. She also advises educational institutions, sports bodies and charities on safeguarding matters, which commonly involve liaison with statutory agencies and regulators.

Sophia qualified into the Employment team in September 2018.

She assists clients with all aspects of employment litigation, and advises in relation to workplace investigations, including disciplinary, grievance and whistleblowing procedures. Sophia provides general employment advice around contracts, policy reviews and settlement agreements, and advises both employers and individuals on issues relating to exits and recruitment.

Sophia advises a range of clients including schools (including specialist schools), universities, charities, sports organisations, business and individuals. Sophia also has experience advising clients participating in public inquiries. Sophia is a governor at the Purcell School.

Before joining Farrer & Co, Sophia studied law at the University of Oxford and completed an LLM at the London School of Economics. Since graduating, Sophia has interned at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, and for the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International at their head office in Berlin. After her internship she continued to work there for almost two years. Shortly before joining Farrers, Sophia spent three months working pro-bono for a team of criminal defence lawyers in Louisiana, representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty.

Memberships & Accolades

Sophia is an active member of Farrers' Corporate Responsibility committee and helps coordinate the firm's long-standing volunteering relationship with the Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre, which provides pro bono legal advice to individuals who could otherwise not afford it.

Sophia has contributed to the firm's employment law blog WorkLife.

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