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Sophie Wells

Solicitor

Sophie Wells is a solicitor in the human rights department.

Court of Protection Inquests

Sophie is a solicitor in the human rights department assisting Merry Varney and Anna Moore. She acts in a variety of matters that include representing bereaved families at Inquests and individuals in the Court of Protection. She also acts in claims under the Human Rights Act 1998.

Sophie was fantastic throughout the Inquest. Really professional, kind and supportive. She is a star and true credit to Leigh Day.

Christie, a client of Sophie

Legal expertise

Sophie acts for individuals in matters relating to the health and social care sectors and has experience in dealing with cases involving mental health, mental capacity and community care.

Sophie has a particular interest in acting for the bereaved families of individuals who have died whilst subject to the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Sophie has a developing practice in acting for vulnerable individuals in proceedings in front of the Court of Protection relating to decisions about residence, care and contact and has acted in a number of matters involving deprivations of liberty.

Sophie also acts in claims under the Human Rights Act brought on behalf of children and vulnerable adults as a result of failings by Local Authorities.

Some of Sophie’s recent cases include:

  • Representing the bereaved family at an Inquest into the death of a woman who died as a result of choking whilst detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • Representing the bereaved family at an Inquest into the death of a woman who died as a result of self-inflicted injuries whilst on unescorted leave from a mental health unit.

Before joining the Human Rights department Sophie acted on a caseload of complex and high value claims against healthcare providers.

Sophie trained and qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. As part of her training contract she was seconded to Liberty, the human rights and civil liberties organisation. She moved to Liberty as a permanent member of staff shortly after qualification. Sophie joined Leigh Day in March 2016.

Sophie Wells in the news

‘I cry every time I think about my birth’: NHS rule which forces pregnant women with Covid to give birth alone ‘legally wrong’ Independent 12.2.21