Sophie Mortimer

Call: 1996
Senior (10+ yrs call)

"An impressive advocate with a style that appeals to judges"..."extremely competent and diligent in the advice she gives" and "very measured and very sensible".
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Expertise
Sophie is a leading junior in the field of clinical negligence. She acts for claimants and defendants and has significant experience in all areas including stroke cases, birth injury, delayed diagnosis of cancer and spinal injury claims. In addition to advising clients on issues of liability and quantum, and leading settlement meetings, she has extensive court experience. She also has a strong inquests practice, including jury inquests.

Sophie acts for both claimants and defendants in high value catastrophic personal injury claims. She has extensive experience of the issues which often arise in cases of this nature including interim payment applications, nature and extent of expert evidence that is required and quantum issues.

Sophie is a leading junior in the field of police law and she has extensive experience in this area. She has a strong defendant practice, advising and acting on a wide range of cases including false imprisonment, assault, misfeasance and Article 2  claims. She has considerable trial experience, including jury trial experience and she regularly appears at inquests.
Education

  • Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course)

  • Westminster University (CPE)

  • Sussex University (English and Philosophy)

  • Mill Hill School

Recent cases

  • NH v NHS Trust [2018]. Sophie successfully defended the Trust at trial in a case where C alleged that failure to administer aspirin and / or thrombolysis in time had caused or materially contributed to his stroke.

  • AG v RD [2018]. Sophie represented D at the trial of this  matter which concerned issues of causation following a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer. Breach was admitted. The issue was whether earlier diagnosis would have materially altered the outcome.

  • DR v (1) NHS Commissioning Board and (2) AR. Sophie is representing C at trial in this case which involves ophthalmic treatment and retinal detachment. Breach of duty and causation are both in issue.

  • FA v  NHA Trust. Sophie is acting for C who is a victim of FGM.  She delivered her baby without reversal of the FGM and seeks damages for the birth injuries she suffered. Breach of duty and causation are both in issue.

  • Inquest into the death of SA [2019]: Sophie represented and NHS Trust at a 7 day jury inquest into the death of a prisoner who died after having smoked spice.

  • GH v (1) Darkwa (2) MIB. Sophie is acting for C in this high value case. C suffered catastrophic brain injuries when he was hit by a car.

  • SR v Chief Constable of Essex Police [2017]. Sophie represented D at the trial of this matter. C (who had been tasered by officers during the course of an incident at a residential facility) alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment. Her claim was unsuccessful.

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2018

Clinical negligence - leading juniors - Tier 2 - ‘She is not fazed by complex medical or legal issues.’

Police Law - leading juniors - Tier 3 - ‘She appears against silks in difficult cases.’

Chambers & Partners 2019

Clinical Negligence (Juniors) - Band 4 - A lawyer with substantial experience in handling clinical negligence cases on behalf of claimants and defendants. She is particularly knowledgeable about gynaecological, obstetric and failure-to-diagnose cases. She is also highly experienced in inquests, and is regularly instructed to undertake personal injury claims.  "Very measured and very sensible." "Thorough in giving advice."

Police law - Mainly defendant (Juniors) - Band 3 - Regularly represents police forces in human rights claims, especially those brought under Article 2. She is particularly experienced in claims regarding failures to protect.  "Extremely competent and diligent in the advice she gives."   Recent work: Acted in a claim brought against Essex Police for failure to carry out an effective investigation into the death of the claimant's son, who was killed in a concrete mixer while at work.
Memberships

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

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