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Sophie Burchett

Sophie Burchett

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor of Family and Childcare Law at Duncan Lewis' Shepherd’s Bush branch. I specialise in both public and private law children matters, representing children, parents, grandparents and extended family members in a wide range of matters. I have considerable experience representing parties in care proceedings where the concerns relate to domestic violence, neglect, drug and alcohol misuse and mental illness. I have also represented both parents and children in cases involving non-accidental injury and fabricated or induced illness.


I have extensive experience in domestic violence work and in private law children matters, representing parents, grandparents and extended family members on applications for protective non-molestation orders, child arrangement orders, prohibited steps, specific issue orders and special guardianship orders. Furthermore, I specialise in advising and undertaking work in adoption matters.


I work with vulnerable clients, including those with learning difficulties and mental illness and have been instructed by the Official Solicitor where the client lacks the capacity to conduct proceedings. My work also covers matters related to children with physical, mental and learning disabilities.


I returned to Duncan Lewis in October 2016, having started my legal career here, training and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2010.


Where possible, I conduct my own advocacy.


Education

  • Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School, 2006-2007: (Merit)
  • LLB(Hons) at University of Kent, Canterbury, 2003-2006: (2:1)

Career

  • Solicitor at Duncan Lewis, October 2016
  • Solicitor/Supervisor at Duncan Lewis, October 2010-August 2015
  • Admitted as a Solicitor, October 2010
  • Trainee Solicitor at Duncan Lewis, 2008-2010

Membership & Accreditations

  • The Law Society Children Law Panel

Interests

  • Playing tennis
  • Travelling
  • Organising and participating in various charity events and challenges
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